Kenneth Doane II: From Pro Wrestler to Book Author

Growing up in nearby Oxford, Massachusetts, Kenneth Doane ’16 always dreamed of becoming a professional wrestler. After high school, he embarked on a wrestling career full-time when he signed with Vince McMahon and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). However, after 11 years in professional wrestling, in 2012, Doane took on a new role as a sport management major and football player at Nichols College.

A gifted writer who was bullied at times as a child for being “too bony,” Doane used his experiences and authored the book, Billy’s Bully, the story of two friends, Joy and Billy, who are being picked on by the school bully.

While Doane approached a number of colleges about publishing his book, ultimately he selected Nichols because of his positive experience as a student. “I favored Nichols because I am a member of the Nichols family,” he explains. “I have been a part of many companies, groups, and organizations, but none of those compare to Nichols College.”

In some ways, Doane was surprised to find himself at college. “I always had the mindset that college was not for me or that it was not something that I could do,” he says. “Growing up, college was never addressed to us as students as often as it is now.”

When the time came to select a college, Doane selected Nichols initially because it was close to home. However, he now realizes that he made the best choice based not only on its location but on what Nichols offers its students. “Now as I am almost halfway through my Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management, I realize that I made the best decision,” he says.

In addition to his studies at Nichols, Doane continues to make appearances on the independent circuit as a professional wrestler and in the local area as an author, sharing his book and story with children and teens and encouraging them to stand up against bullying.


Darcy Russell: Teaching for America

Darcy Russell: Teaching for America

Darcy Russell, ’13 has recently been selected for the 2014 Teach for America Corps, which recruits recent college graduates to teach children growing up in lower-income urban and rural communities. More than 55,000 people applied for teaching positions this year.

During the application process, Russell, a marketing major at Nichols, reached the final stage, which consisted of a five-minute teaching lesson, a group discussion, a Q & A session, and finally a one-on-one interview.

“I felt very prepared and confident in each phase of the interview,” she says. “I knew how to answer each question appropriately, and which examples would bring out my best qualities. I had a great deal of practice in interviewing and presenting during my junior Professional Development Seminar (PDS) class at Nichols.”

Russell, who graduated Nichols last May magna cum laude, currently works as a Career and Leadership Development Specialist for the Mohegan Tribe in Uncasville, Connecticut. She also is a member of the tribe and obtained her current position as a result of her multiple internships at the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville.

“My internship supervisor was familiar with the courses that I took at Nichols,” she adds. Those courses gave me an advantage over the rest of the interns and not only landed me the lead intern position, but also my newly-created position.”

Russell credits her Nichols professors with giving her the confidence to pursue her career goals. “I am truly grateful for the example my professors set for me,” she says. “My Business Communication professor, Luanne Westerling, inspired me with her poise, experience, confidence, and influence in the classroom. Even though I have just graduated, I feel like I have learned more than ever.”

Next August, Russell will begin her two-year assignment as an elementary school teacher on a Native American reservation in South Dakota.


Anna Dyakiv: Selling the Boston Celtics

Anna Dyakiv: Selling the Boston Celtics

For Anna Dyakiv ’14, the best part of her internship with the Boston Celtics happens right before the game. Before the players come onto the court, she leads a group of children to create a “tunnel” to high-five the players as they enter. “We get to lead the children onto the court and allow them to view the performances before the game,” she says. “All of them are thrilled to be there.”

In addition to game day preparations, Dyakiv handles any concerns or questions that season ticket holders may have and assists with different promotional campaigns to boost ticket sales. “In a sense, we try to sell an entertainment experience, not just the game,” she explains.

While the competition for an internship with the Celtics is fierce, it was networking that got Dyakiv in the door. Sport Management Program Chair, Professor Tim Liptrap paved the way for her application to stand out from the others. “The most important thing for me was having that initial connection,” says Dyakiv.

A double major in Sport Management and International Business and a native of the Ukraine, Dyakiv moved to the United States in 2007. She has held multiple internships including interning at the European Cup two summers ago.

Dyakiv feels that her Nichols education has prepared her for all of her internships. “Four years of class presentations along practice interviewing through the Professional Development Seminar has given me the confidence to present and speak to professionals and top managers at the Celtics,” she says. “Nichols teaches you professionalism and how to handle yourself in the work environment.”

Compared to other internships, Dyakiv says interning at the Celtics stands out. “I love their professionalism and the close knit community. In some ways, it reminds me of Nichols,” she says. “The experience has taught me to never underestimate myself and the skills that I do have. I now have a better idea of the direction I want my career to take in the future.”


Kevin Richardson: Developing Leadership Skills On and Off Campus

Kevin Richardson: Developing Leadership Skills On and Off Campus

From a student musician to hockey player to accounting and finance club member, Kevin Richardson ’12 made the most of his college experience and now carries those diverse experiences into the workplace as an Enterprise Risk Services Consultant at Deloitte & Touche, LLP.

Richardson, who graduated with a double major in accounting and finance, appreciates the leadership experience he gained while at Nichols College. “Nearly every management, accounting, and finance class required group activities,” Richardson says. “I am comfortable managing projects as a result of this.”

During his senior year, he found the classroom experience even more challenging, with business simulations that prepared him to think and react quickly within a high pressure environment. “To be in a team environment helped me learn to practice my leadership skills, delegate, and bring people together to achieve one goal.”

In his current position, Richardson continues to work on those skills within a team environment to help his clients manage their financial, technological, and business risks.

In addition to developing his leadership skills, Richardson also matured as a musician while at the College. “I began playing small concerts with just my guitar and by my senior year, I was playing with a band for a college-sponsored concert. I don’t think I would have had this opportunity at a larger school,” he adds.

The small campus environment is just one of the aspects that Richardson appreciates about Nichols. “You’re not just a number at Nichols. The teachers will know your name and guide you in the right direction as far as your goals and career,” he explains. “If you put in the effort and get to know the teachers, the opportunities are unlimited. If you are the type of person who really works hard, you will get something out of it.”


Ibrahima Kalil Kourouma: From Nichols to Guinea

Ibrahima Kalil Kourouma: From Nichols to Guinea

Upon graduating from Nichols College in 2004, Ibrahima Kalil Kourouma made a promise to return to his homeland in the West African country of Guinea to “give others a chance to excel.” With stops in Massachusetts, North Carolina and Canada to continue his education and gain experience, he has fulfilled that promise and is working with the Guinean government to help improve the lives of his fellow Guineans through new technology.

Kourouma’s journey began in 1998 when he left his country to attend private school. When he set his sights on college, he toured bigger institutions before deciding he wanted a smaller school. After visiting Nichols, the choice was obvious. “I fell in love,” he says. “I met a lot of professors and made my choice that day.”

It was those same individuals who eased his transition to college. “My professors made my transition to college from my home smooth. I never missed home and for that I thank them,” he says.

After graduating from Nichols with a BSBA in MIS and a BA in Mathematics, Kourouma earned two graduate degrees before returning to his country.

Since then, Kourouma has been at the center of a reform movement to modernize and rejuvenate his country’s government. “People are not very receptive when it comes to technology,” he explains. “I have to make sure they understand that the purpose of technology is to create an environment of good work, good habits, and good governance.”

In recognition of efforts, in June 2013, Kourouma was nominated by the president of Guinea to become the country’s Chief Information Officer. In that position, he leads ANGEIE, an agency dedicated to the modernization and standardization of technology in each of the government’s ministries and agencies. The role is not without its challenges, but Kourouma remains undaunted. “I have a philosophy,” he says. “I cannot change everything in one day … but one thing at a time.”

 


Nicole Gawlik: Making Dreams Come True at Disney

Nicole Gawlik: Making Dreams Come True at Disney

Since the age of 3, Nicole Gawlik ’15 knew that she wanted to help others experience the magic she felt while visiting Disney parks and resorts. This past spring and summer, Gawlik’s dream came true when she was accepted into Walt Disney World’s Spring Advantage six-month internship program.

The highly-competitive internship program includes about 7,000 college and international interns per year and runs from January through mid-August offering college students a wide variety of opportunities. Whether students are interning in areas such as being a character performer, life guard, or a guest services representative, the goal is to create magical moments for all guests.

“My interest in Disney comes from my love of the movies, but also the joy I felt while at the parks and resorts,” Gawlik explains. “I've had some of the best family memories at Walt Disney World and wanted every family to experience that.”

As a hospitality major at Nichols, Gawlik found the knowledge she gained from her hospitality classes invaluable. “When I interviewed for the position, I knew the lingo/key words and that the most important goal for a hospitality company is to keep the guests coming back,” she says. “Everything about Disney is hospitality.”

While interning at Disney may seem all fun and games, their optional college classes for credits enhance the internship experience. “The ‘Guest Experience’ class really provided a networking opportunity,” Gawlik explains. “I was able to meet with senior management from different departments including marketing and merchandising.”

For the summer of 2014, Gawlik has been asked to return for summer employment. As far as the internship, Gawlik recommends it to any interested college student. “Anyone who loves Disney can do it if they take it seriously,” she adds.


Bryan Gill: Advocating at the Worcester County DA’s office

Bryan Gill: Advocating at the Worcester County DA’s office

When Bryan Gill ‘13 entered the Criminal Justice program at Nichols, he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do. However, he’s now found his niche as a Victim Witness Advocate for the Worcester County DA’s office.

“After taking the Crime, Justice, and Society class, I became interested in the court system and decided to pursue an internship in the DA’s office,” Gill says. He recognizes that the internship and its networking opportunities paved the way for a job interview at the DA’s office. “When I interned at the DA’s office during the summer of 2012, I made a lot of contacts with people who helped me when I applied for the position,” he explains.

Gill credits Nichols for giving him the direction and confidence he needed to succeed. “Nichols sets up you for success and gives you opportunities to succeed,” he states. “You make life-long friends with students and faculty. The professors are top-notch, and I give them credit for preparing me to work in the court system.”

With an area that includes Worcester, Auburn, Millbury, Milford, Uxbridge, Gardner and occasionally Dudley, Gill is just one of seven Victim Advocates in the Worcester County DA’s office. While he has to deal with clients on a daily basis and frequently speaks to a group of more than 20 prosecutors, he feels well-prepared thanks to his numerous class presentations throughout college.

Although the job is often challenging, it is gratifying as well. With the responsibility of accompanying a witness or victim (often of domestic abuse) to court, Gill’s job is to make them aware of available housing and financial resources. “It’s very rewarding,” he says. “I am always relieved if there is some kind of resolution to the case, and the victims are helped.”

Gill carries his passion for helping others outside the courtroom by working with college and youth athletes. He coaches a youth baseball team out of Shrewsbury and is the assistant coach to his roommate, Wil Brown, who is the Head Coach of the Nichols women’s Ice Hockey team.


Nichols College Educational Goals & Outcomes

Nichols College Educational Goals & Outcomes

Nichols College is a teaching institution whose primary mission centers on the intellectual, personal, and professional development of each student. The educational goals of the College are to prepare students for careers in business, public service, and the professions, by means of improving their skills and competencies, and to actively engage within our community and the global society.

All students will demonstrate a basic knowledge of the fundamental principles of their major fields of study. In particular, students majoring in business administration should possess an understanding of the key business functions of accounting, finance, economics, information systems, management, and marketing and an awareness of the interaction of these concepts in the practice of business and their relationship to government and public policy. Students majoring in the liberal arts will demonstrate similar understanding of the basic concepts pertaining to their areas of concentration, allowing for a solid foundation that could lead to graduate studies. Through the general education curriculum, all students will also develop an awareness of the arts, sciences, as well as professional skills, and their importance in the complete development of the well-educated citizen.

I. Communication
Effectively express and accurately comprehend concepts and facts using a range of appropriate and current communication methods.

II. Critical Thinking & Quantitative Analysis
Utilize qualitative and quantitative problem-solving skills to analyze and interpret information.

III. Ethics & Personal Accountability
Recognize and assess questions of right and wrong and demonstrate a willingness to act responsibly in personal and professional life.

IV. Civic & Social Engagement
Articulate an understanding and appreciation of cultural and human differences, acknowledging the interconnectedness of a global society and one’s social and civic responsibility to the community, the nation and the world.

V. Leadership & Teamwork
Work effectively and collaboratively in a group, assume leadership when appropriate, and support leadership in others.


Melanie Gajewski: Capturing Nichols on Video

Melanie Gajewski: Capturing Nichols on Video

Senior Melanie Gajewski has had an animated existence at Nichols, not just because she has a lively interest in so many fields, but because she is becoming an accomplished videographer and animator. A General Business major with concentrations in Marketing, Business Communication, and Economics, Gajewski is most well-known for her animated rendition of a Rubik’s Cube, famous for decades as a colorful and challenging puzzle.

The finished work—which also involved solving that puzzle—contains 400 still shots of different color configurations on the cube, which come to life in a 15-second, rapid-fire sequence. The animation became the centerpiece of a television and web ad for Nichols last year.

“When I was told that the College was going to use the Rubik’s Cube piece for a commercial, my jaw dropped,” Gajewski recalls. “And I’ve had other students say to me, ‘I saw your commercial.’ Being seen is life-changing.” Gajewski appreciates that Nichols has given her the opportunity to do what she loves. “The College created a social media team and a position just for me that didn’t exist before,” she says. “In addition, they helped me find my internship at Vision Advertising.”

As a result of her internship and videography work at Nichols, Gajewski is beginning to realize her niche in marketing. “I’ve been able to pull my real-life experiences into all of my classes. It’s allowed me to connect the dots,” she explains.

“I’m passionate about so many things,” Gajewski admits. “I want to be able to tie in all of my passions into one career.” Some possibilities include owning her own company, becoming a professor, and producing videos. While that may seem like a challenge to some, Gajewski is ready for the adventure. “I feel like something great is going to happen, and Nichols is preparing me for that.”


E.J. Landry: A Big Four Partner with Deloitte

E.J. Landry: A Big Four Partner with Deloitte

E.J. Landry ‘86, a Partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP has seen many changes in his 27 years in the accounting field and credits Nichols for giving him a solid preparation for his career. As a partner, Landry has responsibilities for his clients and Deloitte’s 180 people in the New England Enterprise Risk Services practice. He also spends time giving back to the community through his involvement with uAspire, Goodwill, United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley, National Association of Corporate Directors, and St. Malachy Parish in Burlington, MA.

Clearly he feels prepared as a result of his Nichols education. “Nichols provided me with a well-rounded education in accounting and business. I’ve made many lifelong friends, all of whom have had successful careers,” he says.

When Landry graduated from Nichols in 1986, he passed his CPA exam before he graduated—an accomplishment he attributes to his accounting classes. Over the course of his career, he has seen the accounting profession expand beyond external auditing to include governance, internal controls, risk management, consulting and attestation (certification) services. He has also seen a shift toward a more inclusive environment, where a wide range of individuals with differing backgrounds and skill sets are excelling in the profession.

Through the years, Landry has appreciated the flexibility that an accounting degree offers. “Even if a student doesn’t know if they want to go into accounting fulltime—it’s a good base that is highly respected. The skills can transfer into a number of different careers,” he notes. “Many accounting majors go on to other management and executive positions.”

Landry is in a unique position in that he also hires new employees. “A really good candidate has to not only have the right technical skills but be able to build relationships and work in groups,” he notes. Fortunately, Nichols prepares its students for this through numerous class projects, case studies, and internships.

“Based on my interaction with recent Nichols grads, clearly Nichols is doing something right,” he says. “It prepares students well to work in this field and to hit the ground running.”


Crystal Dennison:  Tutoring Students for Success

Crystal Dennison: Tutoring Students for Success

When Crystal Dennison began her studies at Nichols in 2009, she never knew how much she was capable of achieving. She has come a long way since then ultimately becoming a head tutor in the Academic Resource Center during her senior year. The Center provides academic support to students through individual, group tutoring and review sessions, in-class workshops, and much more.

“Serving in the ARC has been one of the best opportunities I have ever had. I developed a strong passion for tutoring, and as head tutor I was able to encourage other tutors to feel the same way,” she says. “Yet above all, I have been able to help my fellow classmates in times of need, and that has been the most rewarding aspect.”

As a result of her passion for tutoring and her role as head tutor, Dennison was asked to chair the 19th Annual New England Peer Tutor Association Spring Conference held on the Nichols campus on April 6th. Dennison found that the conference provided her with an entirely new avenue for exploring her minor, Business Communications. “It proved to me that I could do anything if I work hard enough at it. The conference was challenging primarily because I did not have any prior experience hosting events; however, it proved to be tremendously rewarding,” she explains.

In her role as the conference chair, Dennison dealt with logistical and planning details, used her problem-solving skills to handle issues and emceed the conference which was attended by nearly 300 attendees. “Throughout this experience, I was pushed to not only act as a leader, but as a professional. I am truly grateful for the experience.”

As a result of her leadership roles and service, Dennison was honored at Commencement with the Arthur J.C. Underhill Award for best representing the ideals of the College. In the fall, she will pursue a Master’s degree in English at Clark University where she was awarded a full scholarship and a teaching assistantship.


Crystal Dennison and Marissa Loon, Director of the Academic Resource Center, discuss the mentor/mentee relationship they have built


Andrew McCluskey: Serving up Social Media

Andrew McCluskey: Serving up Social Media

When Andrew McCluskey, ‘12 started working part-time for Sodexo while in college, little did he know it would lead him to a position as Sodexo’s first-ever Social Media Manager.

As a Management major, McCluskey says that his classes helped him to look at social media from the business perspective. “With exposure to subjects as marketing and sales and operations, I feel prepared to take on this role. While many people look at social media as a way to keep in touch, I look at how a company can use it to improve their business,” he says. “I need to not only let people know what is happening, but why.”

During his senior management seminar, McCluskey appreciated the focus on applying management principles to current events. “The business world changes so much, so I found this discussion and debate more beneficial than just the textbook content,” he explains. “Because of my professor’s expertise, we were also able to benefit from his experience while examining different situations. This helped prepare us to express our viewpoint clearly and concisely when we graduated.”

As the Social Media Manager for not only Nichols, but Bryant University, Assumption College and the University of Bridgeport, McCluskey has his hands full sharing Sodexo’s story through social media coverage on Facebook, Twitter and other venues. However, it’s a role he relishes because of its changing nature. “Because it is a new position, I am allowed to take the keys to the car and run with it,” he explains. “I’m making up the position as I go. When I have successes, they let me go and see what happens.”

Given that he created his own job, McCluskey has some sage advice for seniors. “When looking for a job, look for where you’re needed. Look outside the box for the small opportunity that gets you in the door.”


Jesse Plouffe: Taking Children’s Sneakers from Design to the Store

Jesse Plouffe: Taking Children’s Sneakers from Design to the Store

When Jesse Plouffe graduated from Nichols in 2003, little did he know that he would end up developing some of the hottest children’s sneakers as a Sr. Product Developer at New Balance.

In some ways, one could compare Plouffe’s job to being a house building contractor. The position requires him to know much information about many areas but not become an expert in any. As a product developer, he has his hands in everything from design, fit and wear to costing, sourcing, production, and marketing.

Fortunately Plouffe’s classes at Nichols prepared him well for the job. “My classes were very helpful, from the basic business courses such as accounting and economics to my classes in sport management, sport law, and marketing,” he says. “My professors had tremendous industry experience and did a great job preparing me to work in the industry. They shared everything that they knew with us. I truly use everything I learned in my classes on the job every day.”

As a product developer, Plouffe not only influences the sneaker design but also works with overseas companies on production issues. “I have travelled overseas to our factories in China and Vietnam,” he says. “I never thought that I would travel halfway around the world for my job. It’s been pretty amazing and a great life experience.”

Given that the design to introduction stage is 18 months, Plouffe gains great satisfaction when his product finally makes it to the stores. “I enjoy going to work every day. It’s so much fun meeting with the parents and children who test the product. What’s great to see, are the shoes I developed, on the children of celebrities, at local shoe stores, on Boston.com and even on children at Walt Disney World,” he says.

It’s this enthusiasm and experience Plouffe willingly shares with current Sport Management students when he speaks in classes and serves as Chairman of Nichols Sport Management Accreditation Board. “When I graduated, the industry was so small, not like it is today. It’s a tough, competitive world out there, there, and students could be told ‘no’ but they have to stay strong and keep at it,” he explains. “In today’s sport management field, success in life can be helped by who you know. If I can be a liaison to the industry when students graduate, then I feel a sense of pride for helping these grads get off the ground.”


Jason Gonzalez: On the Case for Criminal Justice

Jason Gonzalez: On the Case for Criminal Justice

Supervising inmates and helping to ensure the security and integrity of the jail and House of Correction can be an intimidating job given that more than 1,000 inmates are housed there. However, as a Corrections Officer there for the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, Jason Gonzalez feels prepared for the position as a result of his education in Nichols Criminal Justice (CJM) Program.

The CJM program prepared Gonzalez in several ways. Classes covering the latest developments in the field, field trips and correctional officers speaking in classes about the demands of the field provided him with a realistic view of the corrections field. CJM Program Chair Professor Kim Charbonneau’s experience as a former Captain of a Rhode Island Correctional Institute also helped. “Professor Charbonneau gave me great insight into the field and helped prepare me for my current job.”

While a student at Nichols, Gonzalez completed an internship at the Detectives Bureau of the Massachusetts State Police. Part of his assignment was to work closely with the detectives with ongoing investigations and cold cases, and observing witness statements and hearings at the Worcester Court House. He also handled and entered evidence into their database.

“The most important lesson I learned while there was to pay close attention to every detail,” he says. “Often times the little details in a case lead to the big arrest. The troopers encouraged me to never give up in my dream of pursuing a career in law enforcement. As it may be hard at first, the payoff would all be worth it,” he adds. As a result of his experience, Gonzalez recommends that all CJM students complete an internship and make the most of it. More than 80 percent of CJM students complete an internship.

Clearly Gonzalez is pleased to be working as a correctional officer, but his long term goal is to become a Massachusetts State Trooper. “Whether it is obtaining more certifications in areas such as firearm instruction and mixed martial arts, I am doing whatever I can to make myself more marketable to agencies,” he says. “Working in a correctional facility is giving me some great experience that I believe will help me in my future endeavors as a Trooper.”


Women of Nichols: Empowering you for success

Women of Nichols: Empowering you for success

Do you want to be part of a welcoming, inclusive community where you are valued and supported? Then consider Nichols . . .

Through events, activities, and leadership opportunities, our goal is to . . .

Give you opportunities to make meaningful connections with other female students

This past year, the Women of Nichols (WON) steering committee composed of faculty, staff and students planned several events throughout the year designed solely for women!

Take a look at some past events . . .

Help you develop the confidence to become a future business leader . . .

As a female student at Nichols, I feel like I have a huge advantage. Because I am a woman, I am part of a growing trend of female leaders in business. I believe Nichols is preparing me to reach my fullest potential through female support and engagement. Nichols has shown me how to build an exceptional resume, dress  professionally, and speak in public. I plan on using these tools to help me succeed in the working world.

Stefany Mendez, President 2013 Class Council; team leader; IT Dept.; and 3rd year RA

Encourage You through Mentoring . . .

Faculty

I am so grateful for the female faculty at Nichols. Professor Westerling is one of my favorite professors at Nichols. She has done so much for me and has been instrumental in encouraging me to pursue an internship at the Washington Center. Without her, I really don't think I would have accomplished and been recognized in the ways that I have. She is so dedicated to her students.

Alison Souza ’13 Business Communication major, Interned at the Washington Center, Fall 2012

Coaches

Coach Mallet has had a tremendous influence on me. She believed in me as a field hockey player when no other college would and gave me the opportunity to attend college. She is not only my coach but my friend.

Avery Orszulak, ’15, Field Hockey player

Kristan Mallet, Head Women’s Field Hockey and Softball Coach

Coach Mallet wants her players to succeed and will help us whenever we need it. I have never had a coach who wanted the team to succeed so badly. Not only is she a great mentor on the field, but off the field as well. I couldn't have asked for a more caring and successful coach.

Jennifer Townsend, ’15, Field Hockey player

Networking Opportunities

Nichols strongly emphasizes networking in order to help us find jobs and other opportunities. The professors help female students to feel more confident in their area of study and also have access to different contacts in the business world. Since I have been at Nichols, I have done a lot of networking through Professor Charbonneau, other professors, and even through my soccer coach.

Kaitlyn Dibuono, ’11 in Criminal Justice Management; MBA with a concentration in Security Management

Women Taking Advantage of Leadership Opportunities at Nichols

My friends first encouraged me to become active on campus. The biggest thing we heard from our orientation leaders was to be involved. Through my leadership experience, I have become more comfortable in my own skin, especially with my friends. You have to be involved, to make yourself your known.

Anne Laughlin, Class of 2016 Secretary

Conferences and On-campus Speakers

Each year Nichols hosts the Empowering Women in Business conference which is held on the Nichols Campus. Female junior and senior students are eligible to attend.


Maria Balabanova: Networking in International Business

Maria Balabanova: Networking in International Business

When Maria Balabanova, a native of Russia, came to the United States to study, she looked at numerous schools but ultimately chose Nichols. “I wanted to come to the United States to learn more about the American culture, to understand how Americans do business, and how they think. After looking at a number of schools, only Nichols felt safe and like I was at home. Plus, I also really liked the idea of playing tennis while being in college, and Nichols gave me that opportunity.”

Early on in her stay, Balabanova received the encouragement that she needed. “Being surrounded by supportive staff and faculty helped me learn about the culture. Because of the small student to faculty ratio, I was able to take advantage of the time with my professors and advisors. They were always willing to help me develop as a professional and lead me in the right career path,” she says.

Athletics also played a key role in Balabanova’s experience at Nichols. During her senior year, the tennis team won the Women’s Tennis Championship. As a team captain, she led her team to victory.

From an academic perspective, Balabanova found her Seminar in International Business very relevant. “The class helped me to understand the possibilities of working at an international company,” she says. “Every class included a student presenting an article related to international business. That helped me figure out the industry and type of work I wanted to do.”

Even before she graduated in 2011, Balabanova had already gained some international business experience. During one summer break, she interned at Red Bull in Russia, running their promotional events. Her work as a consultant at Everis gave her the experience she needed to move to her current position as an Analyst with ISBAN - Grupo Santander, a Fortune 500 company.

What is the key to succeeding in international business? “Follow new companies and business trends and don’t ignore startup companies as an option,” she says. “It can be risky but rewarding at the same time,” she says. Balabanova’s career has been an example of this. “In my case, taking a job at a foreign, start-up company led me to an amazing position working as an Analyst at Grupo Santander.”

Through her experiences at Nichols and international business, Balabanova has clearly demonstrated her willingness to take risks. The key? “Be open-minded. Accept other cultures. Adapt quickly and network constantly,” she says.


Robert Kuppenheimer: Pursuing a Passion for Investing

Robert Kuppenheimer: Pursuing a Passion for Investing

Since he made his first stock market investment in the 6th grade, Robert Kuppenheimer ’69 has continued to pursue his passion for investing. Today he serves as the Vice President and Managing Director of Distribution Development for Nuveen Investments, a global provider of investment services to institutions and high-net-worth investors and the consultants and financial advisors who serve them.

Kuppenheimer knew when he graduated high school that he needed an education to pursue a career in the investment industry. And Nichols provided that. Kuppenheimer credits Nichols with advancing his business knowledge and his professors with nurturing his passion for business. “I’d like to think that I became a part of their lives and that they reveled in my success as an individual and a business person. I still carry those memories with me today,” he recalls. “Through that time at Nichols, I experienced a sense of community, an experience similar to what students will find when they enter the business world.”

Between the summer of his sophomore and junior year at Nichols, Kuppenheimer lined up a summer internship at PaineWebber, an experience he recommends to all students. “I found out that as a student I had a much better chance of finding a job at a company if I had interned there. It got me in the door,” he says. “By the time I got to my senior year, PaineWebber made me an offer for a job after graduation.”

Kuppenheimer worked for PaineWebber for four years before leaving to join New England Life. In 1976 he joined Nuveen as head of their distribution through financial planners and insurance agents and built their business to a billion dollars in sales a year by 1985. In 1996, Kuppenheimer moved to California to head up Nuveen’s sales and marketing division. He currently is responsible for the sales of closed-end funds nation-wide and works with the syndicate desks for national and regional firms in that capacity.

During his career in securities, Kuppenheimer has seen tremendous change. "When I started at Nuveen Investments we sold only Municipal Bond Unit Investment Trusts,” he states. “Now we sell stocks, bonds, commodities, currencies and much more. The securities industry has grown tremendously over the past 25-30 years.”

While Kuppenheimer has continued in his successful career path, he has also recognized the need to give back to Nichols. As a longtime trustee of the College, yearly he recognizes the work of Nichols faculty as well as the current recipients of the scholarships that bear his name. “Nichols was there when I needed them, and I want to give back to help the college grow its name not only throughout the Northeast but throughout the United States and beyond,” he says.


James Coghlin: On a Mission to Promote Early Cancer Detection

James Coghlin: On a Mission to Promote Early Cancer Detection

Ask Jim Coghlin, Sr. why he has worked tirelessly to raise funds for cancer research and he offers several reasons: personal experiences and a desire to serve the community and carry on a family tradition.

As Chairman and Coach of the privately-held Coghlin Companies in Worcester, which today employs more than 300 associates, Coghlin has experienced his share of challenges and rewards in owning a family business for the past 32 years. As two of his sons joined the business and later began to move into leadership roles, Coghlin looked to increase his involvement in the community.

As he is a third generation of family members with a history of community service, one could say it is in Coghlin’s genes. However his exposure to community service began even as a Nichols student. “People look at philanthropy as giving money. However, it really is time, talent and wisdom,” he says. “A lot of people gave me this at Nichols.”

“I came to Nichols with a poor academic history,” he explains. “Nichols faculty understood that I needed to succeed and helped me develop discipline and study skills, communicate more effectively, and maximize the 168 hours in a week.” As a result, Coghlin was well-prepared to take over the family business when he graduated in 1967.

In 1986, Coghlin began working with Dana Farber to help raise money for cancer research. “My closest friend’s son died of leukemia in 1982 at the young age of 15. Ten years after my friend also died from cancer, we committed to raise 1.5 million dollars to endow a fellowship in his honor and began to fund cancer research to advance treatments for 15-40 year old patients,” he says. “I was looking for a cause, and I found it.”

Coghlin had learned that since 1975, survival rates for 15-40-year olds have not kept pace with other age groups. In fact, improvements in teen and young adult cancer survival rates have remained near 0%. He subsequently learned that delays in diagnosis were a prime reason for the lack of improvement.

As a result, in 2008, he established the non-profit organization 15-40 Connection which focuses on improving cancer survival rates in people ages 15 to 40. “People from this age group are eight times more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than younger people. I believe we can change this startling statistic,” he states.

Coghlin continues to serve as Chairman of Coghlin Companies while he volunteers his time to work tirelessly on behalf of the 15-40 Connection. “The goal is to empower individuals to take personal responsibility for their health, save more lives, and improve cancer survival rates,” he says. “We hope to do this so well that in 25 years or less, this won’t be an issue. If this occurs, then the 15-40 Connection will have accomplished its goal.”

For more information about the 15-40 Connection, visit: http://www.15-40.org/ .


James Dunbar: Guarding Businesses and Much More

James Dunbar: Guarding Businesses and Much More

Founder and Chairman of The Dunbar Companies James L. Dunbar came to Nichols College with a vision. “During the years that I attended Nichols College, I knew that I wanted to be an entrepreneur in the security field. I was considering public policing and the border patrol in addition to armored car services,” he says.

Dunbar achieved his goal in 1956 when he founded Federal Armored Express – eventually renamed Dunbar Armored – an armored car company which would later become the foundation for America’s largest independent, full-service security organization. Today, “The Dunbar Companies” are comprised of seven operating companies involved with secure ground and air courier services; cash vault services, guard services, security systems, security products, and most recently cyber security services.

Dunbar credits Nichols with helping him to develop the confidence he needed to begin his own business. “My college education provided me with the basic knowledge and confidence I needed to succeed at whatever pursuit I might have chosen. The small class sizes and the helpful teachers at Nichols provided an atmosphere that was conducive to learning,” he says.

Just as his company has grown, so has Dunbar’s reputation. With nearly seven decades of industry experience, he is the nation’s most widely respected authority on matters involving the armored car industry. Law enforcement agencies, industry associations, and the U.S. Congress continually seek Dunbar’s opinions. He has written a book entitled BULLETPROOF: A History of Armored Cars and the Colorful Characters Who Ran Them, Rode Them, and Sometimes Robbed Them.

Recognizing the importance of having a trained workforce, Dunbar gave back to Nichols when he provided a gift to launch the Criminal Justice Management Program (CJM) at Nichols. He continues to demonstrate his commitment to the college by underwriting the cost to send select CJM students to the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) conference each year.

“A Criminal Justice education provides students with a better understanding of the connection between private and public security and today’s homeland security environment. It is satisfying to know that results from an education in the Criminal Justice field are able to be seen in a very short period of time,” Dunbar adds.


Jessica Porter: Winning at The Orange Bowl

Jessica Porter: Winning at The Orange Bowl

In the past five years, Jessica Porter has moved from interning at the World TeamTennis National Headquarters in New York City, to working as a Sales Representative for the Miami Heat to serving as an Account Executive at the Orange Bowl Committee. How did she do it? Hard work says Porter.

Porter first demonstrated her work ethic while at Nichols. As an athlete, she played tennis and lacrosse and was selected by the NCAA to represent Nichols at NCAA¹s National Student-Athlete Development Conference in Orlando, Florida. She was named to the First Team All-Conference team during her four years at Nichols. From an academic perspective, Porter found her sport management classes the most helpful. "Because of their real-life experience in the world of sports, my professors were able to take the information in the text book and apply it to their real life experiences. They taught us in a way we could understand rather than just having us read out of a book," she says.

Porter credits the Professional Development Seminar (PDS) with teaching her how to handle interview questions and build her resume. Through the more than 100 presentations she had to give throughout her time at Nichols, she developed confidence in speaking in front of large groups, a highly valued skill in her job as a sales representative.

What is the key to Porter¹s continued success? "Recognizing that everyone wants to work in sports, but it takes more than just being a fan to succeed," she says. "This field is constantly changing and evolving. However, if you are willing to work hard, the perks of the job make it all worth it", she adds.


The Rush Brothers: Entrepreneurs in the Making

The Rush Brothers: Entrepreneurs in the Making

Update: Rush Brothers Shoutbot Application Named “Startup to Watch”

During April, Mass High Tech and the Boston Business Journal named Shoutbot (a product developed by Nichols grads and brothers Jason and Dan Rush) as one if its startup companies to watch.

Entrepreneurs in the making

Imagine competing against nearly 300 aspiring entrepreneurs in the 6th annual New Product Innovation Competition and winning a $15,000 prize. That’s just what Nichols grads Jason Rush ’08 and Dan Rush ’12 did when they presented their product ShoutBot, a new iPhone app to a panel of judges.

ShoutBot allows users to transmit voice messages much the same way as written messages can be sent via Twitter. “It’s a new form of social media that allows users to broadcast their voice,” says Dan Rush, who notes that Jason came up with the idea last fall.

“My brother was talking with friends,” Dan recalls, “and said, ‘I wish I could get on my phone and say something and have it go out like a tweet.’” Instead of “tweets,” users of the new app issue “shouts.” Both of the brothers credit Nichols with helping prepare them for the competition and becoming entrepreneurs. Through the signature Professional Development Seminar, Nichols provides an environment that helps students develop their confidence during the numerous “business attire” presentations they have to give. “Not many schools or professors emphasize the importance of approaching everyday presentations the way a business professional would,” Dan says.

Brother Jason credits his Nichols professors with helping him make his ideas a reality. “While attending Nichols, I was lucky to have met some fantastic professors who took a great interest in my ideas and worked with me to help develop them into a functioning business. Without their guidance, I would not have had the knowledge to put together a business plan or the presentation skills needed to present to a room of 15 judges,” he says.

Dan adds, “The classes, the professors, everything about it just made me want to be an entrepreneur. My brother and I earned the education, had the idea, and began to execute our plan the way Nichols taught us to,” he says.

Using their prize money along the way, the brothers have been busy pursuing product development milestones, from hiring programmers to receiving the necessary legal advice. They’ll continue to develop their product while holding down day jobs.


From Fear to Leadership

From Fear to Leadership

When Steve Carella entered Nichols College in the fall of 2008, he was overcome with fear, he says. Much has changed since then. His almost perfect grade point average as a double major in Finance and Accounting earned him the honor of Class of ’12 valedictorian.

In his valedictorian speech, Carella admitted, “I used to be afraid of change, afraid of making mistakes, afraid of losing, and even afraid of succeeding,” adding that “the Nichols community is the ideal setting to overcome self-doubt. I have never been around so many people willing to face the challenges around them. That’s why I am proud to be a member of this class,” he added.

To what does Carella attribute his change in philosophy? It’s the Nichols small school environment he says. “Going to a small school, I think I changed a lot as a person. The overall community of students and teachers here was good for my development.”

In addition to his excellence in the classroom, Carella has succeeded on the tennis court. Shortly after the graduation ceremony, Carella, the captain of the Nichols men’s tennis team, and four fellow seniors led the squad to the Commonwealth Coast Conference title in a 5-1 victory over Roger Williams and their first berth in the NCAA post-season tournament.

Last month, Carella was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Division III At-Large First Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), and is the eighth Academic All-American in Nichols College history, and the first men's tennis student-athlete selected. Clearly Carella has overcome his fear to achieve excellence both in the classroom and on the court. Carella says of his four years at Nichols. “I’ve made relationships that are going to last a lifetime.”


Steve Miller: From theory to practice

Steve Miller: From theory to practice

Nichols sophomore and General Business major Steve Miller recently had the opportunity to put his Nichols class experience to work at a local Watertown public meeting. He was one of the local Watertown residents who spoke up at a public meeting supporting a proposal to scale down the number of apartments from a proposed 222 apartments. And he credits his skills—and gumption—in making his public presentation to the Business and Society Management course he had just taken at Nichols.

The course, taught by Professor Mary Trottier, culminated in a simulated town meeting for which students took different sides in a debate over whether to allow the development of a local casino.

Miller says he put the lessons he learned to work almost immediately, when his grandmother, also a Watertown resident and a regular at public meetings, asked him to join her before the planning board. She opposed the large-scale apartment project because it would add to an already congested area of town.

“I went to the meeting dressed in a suit, stood up, and stated my name and what street I lived on, just like Professor Trottier taught us,” Miller recalls, adding that he was the youngest person to speak. Miller had his first taste of making a public case in the mock town meeting for Trottier’s Business and Society course, in which he acted as a consultant warning of the problems in constructing a proposed underground casino.

“My objective in the course was to make it exciting and to engage every single aspect in an experiential way,” Trottier explains, adding that her students used research and presentation skills to fill the roles of developers, town officials, and outside consultants in vetting the theoretical casino proposed in the course.

Miller did his part with a multimedia presentation as a consultant to the town. The lessons of the course were not lost on him, he says. “Everybody should really learn to represent how they feel about their towns, and if necessary to fight for something.”


Career Focused Education

Career Focused Education

Nichols provides you with an education that will help you turn your natural talents and interests into skills that employers are seeking.

We do this by offering . . .

A variety of majors . . .

Nichols offers day students a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with 14 majors and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.

Experiential learning . . .

Whether it is class projects, field trips, or on-campus speakers, a Nichols education provides you with real-world experience to try out the skills you gain in the classroom. Many of our courses include projects that require you to make practical decisions about how to deal with situations in the business world. In addition, internships in organizations such as Madison Square Garden, the N.E. Patriots, the Suffolk County DA’s office, EMC, Mohegan Sun and many more provide you with exposure to the business environment and experience to list on your resume.

Access to current technology . . .

With technology changing so quickly, staying current can provide you with many advantages in the business world. Your classes will introduce you to new technology and concepts and discuss ways to incorporate them into the business experience. Our new student center will feature a state-of-the-art finance/technology seminar room with real-time market data on large screens, webcams, and student workstations.

Preparation for your future career . . .

Even before you graduate, Nichols prepares you for your career and job search. Our signature Professional Development Seminar (PDS) helps you identify your career interests and evaluate specific jobs within your field. As you move into your junior and senior years, you will develop a portfolio, and prepare for your job search and the interview process. You’ll leave Nichols with the confidence and expertise you need to compete in today’s job market.

Our focus on business works . . .

You’ll find Nichols alumni working at many well-known corporations, as well as government and non-profit agencies.

Nichols is accredited by:


Nichols Students Beat out Big Schools for Internships

Nichols Students Beat out Big Schools for Internships

Update May 14, 2013: Widdison and Ross Hired for Jobs

2013 Grads Emily Widdison and Taylor Ross have both been hired for jobs in the financial services and insurance industry.

As a result of her internship at The Hartford Group during the summer of 2012, Emily Widdison has been hired for their Financial Leadership Program. Taylor Ross has accepted a job as an Assistant Portfolio Analyst at Liberty Mutual.


Nichols Students Beat out Big Schools for Internships

May, 2012

This summer, two Nichols students, Emily Widdison and Taylor Ross, will embark on a twelve-week paid summer internship program at the Hartford Financial Services Group. The two beat out 100 candidates from larger, more well-known business schools for the opportunity.

In the past few years, The Hartford, a provider of insurance and wealth management services for millions of consumers and businesses worldwide, has focused its internship recruiting efforts primarily on other business schools in New England. However, for the first time in the spring of 2012, two Nichols students were interviewed and hired for the program. Of the applicants for the coveted positions, only 12 were chosen.

Ross ‘13, a dual Finance and Economics major, first visited The Hartford as part of a Nichols Investment Club field trip. “It’s a great financial services company, and it has a great internship program.” Ross says. He adds that Nichols prepared him for the interview process by helping him with his resume and cover letter. “Having accessible advisors and faculty members was also invaluable,” he adds. Ross will intern in the specialty commercial department at The Hartford.

Widdison ’13, an Accounting and Finance major, first learned about the internship from her accounting professor. “The accounting and finance aspects appealed to me. I wanted to get experience on the finance side of things, to see if it is a good fit,” she says. Widdison will be working on the external financial statement reporting for the SEC (Securities Exchange Commission) during her internship.

The goal of the internship program is to provide high potential students with a robust and challenging work and learning experience so that the company can then recruit from this pool of interns into full-time positions upon graduation, says Marissa Crean, Director of the Financial Leadership Development Program. From an interview perspective, Crean says that Nichols students were competitive. “They fit our model of what we are looking for. I look for their sense of intellectual curiosity and strong grades, leadership roles on campus, and a solid work ethic,’” she adds. Will Crean interview Nichols students again next year? To this she answers a resounding, “yes.”


Nichols Builds Business Leaders | Nichols College, Dudley, MA

Nichols Builds Business Leaders

The 2012 alumni survey results are  in. Of the alumni surveyed, 4 in 10 of our graduates have become a CEO, corporate president or business owner. As result of their experiences at Nichols, 96% of our alumni felt Nichols prepared them well for their careers. Why is Nichols so successful in producing leaders and owners?

Successful professors . . .

From the first time David Balducci (’00) walked into his first management class, he knew he wanted to own his own business. “The professor inspired me by talking about the successes of his businesses, how he approached them and the individual projects he was involved in. I knew it was what I wanted to do as well.”

Practical programs . . .

As a potential future business owner, you want to know how to get started, how to promote your business and manage the day-to-day responsibilities of owning a business. Through our practical business courses and group projects, you will learn how to manage the nuts and bolts of running a business. The support does not end when you graduate. Our professors often keep in touch and continue to mentor students after they graduate.

Real-world Experience . . .

With internships at locations such as the Patriots, Disney, Suffolk County DA’s Office, Mohegan Sun, Target and EMC, to name a few, students have the opportunity to experience business first-hand. Nichols students learn how to manage the challenges and opportunities of business, and ways to deal with it successfully.

To find out more about how Nichols can prepare you for the business world, contact the Admissions Office at admissions@nichols.edu or 1-800-470-3379.


Learn. Lead. Succeed. | Nichols College Undergraduate Business Degrees

Success Stories

Profiles of Success

Whether it is starting a business, obtaining a rewarding and challenging internship, or gaining a job upon graduation, Nichols provides its students with the tools required to excel in their chosen career path.

We invite you to read the real-life stories of our students listed below to learn how they each have used their Nichols education to achieve success in their own unique way. 

Kenneth Doane II: From Pro Wrestler to Book Author

Growing up in nearby Oxford, Massachusetts, Kenneth Doane ’16 always dreamed of becoming a professional wrestler. After high school, he embarked on a wrestling career full-time when he signed with Vince McMahon and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). However, after 11 years in professional wrestling, in 2012, Doane took on a new role as a sport management major and football player at Nichols College.

Read more about Kenn Doane II.

Darcy Russell: Teaching for America

Darcy Russell, ’13 has recently been selected for the 2014 Teach for America Corps, which recruits recent college graduates to teach children growing up in lower-income urban and rural communities. More than 55,000 people applied for teaching positions this year.

Read more about Darcy Russell.

Anna Dyakiv: Selling the Boston Celtics

For Anna Dyakiv ’14, the best part of her internship with the Boston Celtics happens right before the game. Before the players come onto the court, she leads a group of children to create a “tunnel” to high-five the players as they enter. “We get to lead the children onto the court and allow them to view the performances before the game,” she says. “All of them are thrilled to be there.”

Read more about Anna Dyakiv.

Kevin Richardson: Developing Leadership Skills On and Off Campus

From a student musician to hockey player to accounting and finance club member, Kevin Richardson ’12 made the most of his college experience and now carries those diverse experiences into the workplace as an Enterprise Risk Services Consultant at Deloitte & Touche, LLP.

Read more about Kevin Richardson.

Ibrahima Kalil Kourouma: From Nichols to Guinea

Upon graduating from Nichols College in 2004, Ibrahima Kalil Kourouma made a promise to return to his homeland in the West African country of Guinea to “give others a chance to excel.” With stops in Massachusetts, North Carolina and Canada to continue his education and gain experience, he has fulfilled that promise and is working with the Guinean government to help improve the lives of his fellow Guineans through new technology.

Read more about Ibrahima Kalil Kourouma.

Nicole Gawlik: Making Dreams Come True at Disney

Since the age of 3, Nicole Gawlik ’15 knew that she wanted to help others experience the magic she felt while visiting Disney parks and resorts. This past spring and summer, Gawlik’s dream came true when she was accepted into Walt Disney World’s Spring Advantage six-month internship program.

Read more about Nicole Gawlik.

Bryan Gill: Advocating at the Worcester County DA’s office

When Bryan Gill ‘13 entered the Criminal Justice program at Nichols, he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do. However, he’s now found his niche as a Victim Witness Advocate for the Worcester County DA’s office.

Read more about Bryan Gill.

Melanie Gajewski: Capturing Nichols on Video

Senior Melanie Gajewski has had an animated existence at Nichols, not just because she has a lively interest in so many fields, but because she is becoming an accomplished videographer and animator. A General Business major with concentrations in Marketing, Business Communication, and Economics, Gajewski is most well-known for her animated rendition of a Rubik’s Cube, famous for decades as a colorful and challenging puzzle.

Read more about Melanie Gajewski.

E.J. Landry: A Big Four Partner with Deloitte

E.J. Landry ‘86, a Partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP has seen many changes in his 27 years in the accounting field and credits Nichols for giving him a solid preparation for his career. As a partner, Landry has responsibilities for his clients and Deloitte’s 180 people in the New England Enterprise Risk Services practice. He also spends time giving back to the community through his involvement with uAspire, Goodwill, United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley, National Association of Corporate Directors, and St. Malachy Parish in Burlington, MA.

Read more about E.J. Landry.

Crystal Dennison: Tutoring Students for Success

When Crystal Dennison began her studies at Nichols in 2009, she never knew how much she was capable of achieving. She has come a long way since then ultimately becoming the head tutor in the Academic Resource Center during her senior year. The Center provides academic support to students through individual, group tutoring and review sessions, in-class workshops, and much more.

Read more about Crystal Dennison.

Andrew McCluskey: Serving up Social Media

When Andrew McCluskey, ‘12 started working part-time for Sodexo while in college, little did he know it would lead him to a position as Sodexo’s first-ever Social Media Manager.

Read more about Andrew McCluskey.

Jesse Plouffe: Bringing Children's Sneakers from Design to the Store

When Jesse Plouffe graduated from Nichols in 2003, little did he know that he would end up developing some of the hottest children’s sneakers as a Sr. Product Developer at New Balance.

In some ways, one could compare Plouffe’s job to being a house building contractor. The position requires him to know much information about many areas but not become an expert in any. As a product developer, he has his hands in everything from design, fit and wear to costing, sourcing, production, and marketing.

Read more about Jesse Plouffe.

Jason Gonzalez: On the Case for Criminal Justice

Supervising inmates and helping to ensure the security and integrity of the jail and House of Correction can be an intimidating job given that more than 1,000 inmates are housed there. However, as a Corrections Officer there for the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, Jason Gonzalez feels prepared for the position as a result of his education in Nichols Criminal Justice (CJM) Program.

Read more about Jason Gonzalez.

Maria Balabanova: Networking in International Business

When Maria Balabanova, a native of Russia, came to the United States to study, she looked at numerous schools but ultimately chose Nichols. “I wanted to come to the United States to learn more about the American culture, to understand how Americans do business, and how they think. After looking at a number of schools, only Nichols felt safe and like I was at home. Plus, I also really liked the idea of playing tennis while being in college, and Nichols gave me that opportunity.”

Read more about Maria Balabanova.

Robert Kuppenheimer: Pursuing a Passion for Investing

Since he made his first stock market investment in the 6th grade, Robert Kuppenheimer ’69 has continued to pursue his passion for investing.

Read more about Robert Kuppenheimer

James Coghlin, Sr.: On a Mission to Promote Early Cancer Detection

Ask Jim Coghlin, Sr. why he has worked tirelessly to raise funds for cancer research and he offers several reasons: personal experiences and a desire to serve the community and carry on a family tradition.

Read more about James Coghlin, Sr.

James Dunbar: Guarding Businesses and Much More

Founder and Chairman of The Dunbar Companies James L. Dunbar came to Nichols College with a vision. “During the years that I attended Nichols College, I knew that I wanted to be an entrepreneur in the security field. I was considering public policing and the border patrol in addition to armored car services,” he says.

Read more about James Dunbar

Jessica Porter: Winning at The Orange Bowl

In the past six years, Jessica Porter has moved from interning at the World TeamTennis National Headquarters in New York City, to working as a Sales Representative for the Miami Heat to serving as an Account Executive at the Orange Bowl Committee. How did she do it? Hard work says Porter.

Read more about Jessica Porter

The Rush Brothers: Entrepreneurs in the Making

Imagine competing against nearly 300 aspiring entrepreneurs in the 6th annual New Product Innovation Competition and winning a $15,000 prize. That’s just what Nichols grads Jason Rush ’08 and Dan Rush ’12 did when they presented their product ShoutBot, a new iPhone app to a panel of judges.

Read more about The Rush Brothers

Steve Carella: From Fear to Leadership

When Steve Carella entered Nichols College in the fall of 2008, he was overcome with fear, he says. Much has changed since then. His almost perfect grade point average as a double major in Finance and Accounting earned him the honor of Class of ’12 valedictorian.

Read more about Steve Carella

Steve Miller: From theory to practice

Nichols sophomore and General Business major Steve Miller recently had the opportunity to put his Nichols class experience to work at a local Watertown public meeting. He was one of the local Watertown residents who spoke up at a public meeting supporting a proposal to scale down the number of apartments from a proposed 222 apartments. And he credits his skills—and gumption—in making his public presentation to the Business and Society Management course he had just taken at Nichols.

Read more about Steve Miller

Nichols Students Beat out Big Schools for Internships

This summer, two Nichols students, Emily Widdison and Taylor Ross, will embark on a twelve-week paid summer internship program at the Hartford Financial Services Group. The two beat out 100 candidates from larger, more well-known business schools for the opportunity.

Read more about Emily and Taylor

Success is Sweet for This Nichols Student, Robert Russo

In 2008, Robert Russo decided he wanted to start his own business selling by chocolate-covered strawberries. He continued to sell these delicious treats when he became a student at Nichols College. Russo says that he selected Nichols because he had aspirations of owning his own business someday. “I knew I wanted to own a business, and I felt that Nichols could help me do that and succeed,” he says.

Read Robert's Success Story / Video by: Jon Natale, Class of 2013

Scoring an Internship at the N.E. Patriots

Nichols Senior, Mackenzie Walsh, ran the equivalent of a perfect pass route when she networked her way into an internship with the New England Patriots football team this past semester.

As an intern in the Patriots marketing department, part of Walsh’s job description includes writing proposals to present to companies,” she says. “That includes working with advertisers such as Dunkin’ Donuts and Nike to make sure their brands are clearly displayed in strategic locations around Foxboro Stadium,” she adds.

Read Mackenzie's success story.

Katie Swank—Campus Involvement: The Key to Success

What does it take to obtain a position with a company such as EMC, a global data storage company? Nichols 2012 graduate, Katie Swank, who starts working there fulltime in June, says the key for her has been to gain leadership experience on campus and to pursue an internship.

Read Katie's success story


Katie Swank—Campus Involvement: The Key to Success

Katie Swank—Campus Involvement: The Key to Success

What does it take to obtain a position with a company such as EMC, a global data storage company? Nichols 2012 graduate, Katie Swank, who starts working there fulltime in June, says the key for her has been to gain leadership experience on campus and to pursue an internship.

During her four years at Nichols, Swank has been active in a number of ways. As a Teacher’s Assistant (TA) for the Professional Development Seminar (PDS), she worked with first year students. “Being a TA for two years helped me learn how to be up in front of a class building my communication skills. This carried over to my job since I am in front of hundreds of students speaking at EMC's new hire orientations,” she says.

Swank says that her Human Resources classes have helped prepare her for some of the basics of her job such as interviewing skills, writing job descriptions, and recruiting. In addition, this semester her senior HR Seminar class focused on international issues. She found this very beneficial since EMC is a global company with 50,000 employees worldwide. “I oversee the intern/co-op program which hosts more than 500 students each year. Staying current with issues that may pop up in my career has helped me move past obstacles and learn from them,” she says.

Swank’s internship has been invaluable in helping her to gain a foot in the door at EMC. Her hard work has paid off as she was offered and has accepted an Associate Program Manager job at EMC. She will continue to co-run the intern/co-op program for all of North America as well as handle some recruiting through campus visits, career fairs, and networking events.

“Attending Nichols is all about what you make it,” says Swank. “The more you involve yourself in activities on campus, the more you will benefit from your Nichols experience. Most of the skills I gained for my career were through all of these experiences in addition to my classes and internship. I learned that the more involved I became, the more I got out of my education,” she adds.


Scoring an Internship at the N.E. Patriots

Scoring an Internship at the N.E. Patriots

Nichols Senior, Mackenzie Walsh, ran the equivalent of a perfect pass route when she networked her way into an internship with the New England Patriots football team this past semester.

As an intern in the Patriots marketing department, part of Walsh’s job description includes writing proposals to present to companies,” she says. “That includes working with advertisers such as Dunkin’ Donuts and Nike to make sure their brands are clearly displayed in strategic locations around Foxboro Stadium,” she adds.

Walsh says that Nichols has prepared her for the internship through her classes and projects, including Effective Speaking, Business Marketing and the Professional Development Seminar (PDS).“Effective speaking helped me because it taught me how to speak in public without being nervous. After the class, I was able to do a ten minute presentation and sound professional when I was speaking with senior management at the Patriots,” she says.

The work also dovetails well with the Sales Management course Walsh is taking and also the fact that she is currently President of the Marketing and Communication Club on campus. “That’s the best part about marketing,” she says, “I can get into event planning, sales, or public relations. I can go so many directions in a company.”

Some of her most intriguing work involves prepping owner Robert Kraft and other Patriots executives with information on the VIPs who attend home games. “That includes a picture, the person’s position in (his or her) organization, a quick blurb about who he or she is,” Walsh explains, as well as a seat location, “in case Mr. Kraft wants to know.”

Walsh came to her internship with some solid experience, having interned during her junior year for the Worcester Sharks, the city’s minor league entry in the American Hockey League. Over the past decade, Nichols has developed an impressive history of student internships with big-league teams including the Red Sox, Boston Bruins, and Celtics as well as students who go to New York to work with the Knicks and Rangers.

Through all of her internship experiences, Walsh credits Nichols with helping prepare her for the interview process through resume writing workshops and practice interviews. “I would not have received my internships without the help of Nichols faculty and staff,” she adds.


Success is Sweet for This Nichols Student, Robert Russo

Success is Sweet for This Nichols Student, Robert Russo

“Chocolate Innovations is not a company looking to take up a portion of the industry, it is a company looking to lead the industry and be a trend setter in quality and customer service.”

--Robert Russo

In 2008, Robert Russo decided he wanted to start his own business selling by chocolate-covered strawberries. He continued to sell these delicious treats when he became a student at Nichols College. Russo says that he selected Nichols because he had aspirations of owning his own business someday. “I knew I wanted to own a business, and I felt that Nichols could help me do that and succeed,” he says.

“My entire business, Chocolate Innovations, has been built through all I have learned at Nichols, from writing a business plan, to social media to networking. Over my four years at Nichols, I have always tried to use my business as an example in class or for a project so I could get the assignment done but also work on my business at the same time.”

Within the General Business Program, Russo selected his three areas of concentration, Economics, Management and Human Resource Management, with the goal of broadening his skills. “I choose ECON so I could understand what was happening in the markets and how that will affect my business. Then I chose MGMT because obviously at some point I will have to know how motivate future employees,” he says. “Finally I selected HRM so if I do hire people, I will know the proper hiring process and work place etiquette.”

As an artist, Russo has a passion for making chocolate products not just for the taste but for the beauty as well. After creating 110 chocolate roses for his cousin’s wedding, Russo says, “I never expected people to ask me, ‘can we eat these?’ It must have meant that I was creating a product so beautiful that it was not worth destroying by eating it. That was a satisfying moment for me.” He adds, “I have found the most success when I create a product just for the pure enjoyment of doing so. I enjoy seeing the customer’s face when I unveil my creation.”

Russo has been accepted into Nichols 4+1 MBA program and will begin classes full time in the fall of 2012.


Quick Facts | Undergraduate Business Degree Programs | Nichols College

Quick Facts

Location

Dudley, Massachusetts – main campus with two Mass. satellites: Worcester and Devens

President

Dr. Susan West Engelkemeyer

Founded

1815

Mission

Within a supportive community, Nichols College transforms today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders through a dynamic, career-focused business and professional education.

Educational Outcomes

Nichols ranked 9th in U.S. News and World Report 2014 Best Colleges in the north.

Nichols ranked 6th nationally among business schools for ROI (Return on Investment) by payscale.com

4 in 10 Nichols graduates become a president, CEO or business owner.

93% of Nichols 2013 graduates were employed or in a graduate program six months after graduation.

Day Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts with majors in: Economics, English, History, Mathematics, Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with specializations in: Accounting, Business Communication, Criminal Justice Management, Economics, Finance, General Business, Hospitality Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Sport Management
  • Educator Preparation Program
  • Honors Program
  • Accelerated Programs (4+1MBA)
  • Certificate in Entrepreneurship
Undergraduate (Evening) Degrees
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with specializations in: Finance, General Business, International Business, and Marketing
  • A to B & Beyond® Business Partnerships with:
    • Quinsigamond Community College – Located in Worcester and Southbridge, Mass.
    • Mount Wachusett Community College – Located in Gardner, Leominster, and Devens, Mass.
  • Certificate of Advanced Leadership Studies
Graduate Degrees and Certificates
  • Master of Business Administration – General Business
  • Master of Business Administration with specializations in: Accounting and Finance, Management, International Management and Marketing
  • 4+1 MBA (Accelerated Program)
  • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL)
  • Certificate of Advanced Leadership Studies (COALS)
Career Focus

Nichols signature Professional Development Seminar (PDS) Program is a four-year program of one credit academic courses. Coursework logically builds on the prior year, with first-year students receiving help with the transition to college and exploring majors; second-year students exploring majors and internship opportunities; third-year students refining their job search skills including interviewing, writing resumes and developing portfolios; and fourth-year students launching successful careers.

Leadership Development

Believing that leadership is vital and should be discovered, cultivated, and celebrated, Nichols College encourages the leadership potential in all of its students through experiential learning, hands-on opportunities, and individualized mentoring.

Internship Opportunities

Internships provide an opportunity for students to explore a specific career, gain real-life work experience, and develop a network of contacts. Often, internship experiences lead to full-time employment upon graduation.

Global Learning

Study Abroad through: Regent’s University in London; Academic Programs International(API) (a business-focused program available in 17 countries); The Education Abroad Network (TEAN) (with sites in Asia, New Zealand, and Australia); European University (in Barcelona, Munich and Geneva); Semester at Sea; and the EC Language School in Boston.

Accreditation
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.
  • International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education
Fall 2013 Cost for Undergraduate Day Student: tuition/room/meals

$43,820

2013-14 Tuition Per Credit Hour/ Undergraduate Evening

$300

2013-14 Tuition Per Credit Hour/Graduate

$600

First-year Full-Time Day Students, Fall 2013

381

Total Day Student Enrollment, Fall 2013

1,071

Student to Faculty Ratio, Fall 2013

17 to 1

% of Day Students Living on Campus, Fall 2013

80%

Annual Financial Aid

$34.2 million (Includes work study, institutional funds, alternative loans, parent).

% of Full-time Students Receiving Financial Aid (excluding parent loans and private loans)

98%

Athletics
  • Men’s NCAA Div. III:
    baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, and track and field
  • Women’s NCAA Div. III:
    basketball, cross country, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and track and field
  • Club Sports:
    men’s rugby, men’s ice hockey, racquetball, paintball, volleyball, cheerleading
  • Intramural Sports:
    basketball, soccer, floor hockey, dodge ball
Mascot

Bison

Radio Station

WNRC 97.5 FM

Endowment 2012

$5.6 million

Number of Alumni

13,576

Employees

Faculty 93 (part-time and full-time)
Staff 138 (part-time and full-time)

For additional information about the undergraduate day program, please contact: Paul Brower
Director of Admissions
508-213-2371 / paul.brower@nichols.edu
For additional information about evening undergraduate and graduate programs, please contact: David Rice
Assistant Director of Recruiting
Graduate & Professional Studies
508-213-2264 / david.rice@nichols.edu

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Contact Career Services | Undergraduate business programs - Nichols College, MA

Contact Career Services

We appreciate your interest in hiring Nichols College students and alumni for internship and employment opportunities, and would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact us via email or our direct lines listed below. We look forward to hearing from you!

Liz Horgan, Director of Career Services
(508) 213-2289
liz.horgan@nichols.edu

Lori Smith, Associate Director of Career Services
(508) 213-2389
lori.smith@nichols.edu

Cheryl Alderman, Employer Relations Coordinator
(508) 213-2482
cheryl.alderman@nichols.edu

Brienne Langlois, Administrative Assistant
(508) 213-2489
brienne.langlois@nichols.edu


my.Nichols Service Update

my.Nichols Service Update

Update:  9:30AM, 11/22/2011

Due to unforeseeable issues, the MyNichols portal has been offline since 11/21/2011 at 3 PM.  Nichols College is aware of the issue and we sincerely apologize for any confusion with regard to accessing your additional Nichols services such as e-mail, Moodle, and WebAdvisor.  We are actively working to address the issue.

The good news is that E-mail, Moodle, and WebAdvisor are FULLY accessible and can be reached by visiting the below links:

E-mail:  https://webmail.nichols.edu

Moodle:  http://moodle.nichols.edu

WebAdvisor:  http://webadvisor.nichols.edu

If you are having issues accessing or signing into the above listed services, please contact the IT Helpdesk at 508-213-2206 or e-mail us at helpdesk@nichols.edu.


Hurricane Irene Updates

Nichols Announcements

Update, Monday, 8/29/2011

Update from President Engelkemeyer, Friday 8/26/2011

ALERT: Hurricane Irene is still projected to hit Massachusetts, though it has the potential to be downgraded to a tropical storm. In anticipation of the storm, our emergency procedures will go into effect late Saturday or early Sunday and will stay in effect until the storm passes. We are prepared for significant interference with land-line telephones and electricity, and we anticipate possible tree damage.

As per our procedures, students and families will get alerts as necessary. We recognize that some students are already on campus, but we are including everyone in this announcement for both information and precautionary measures. At this point the following steps are being implemented:

All Students, Staff & Faculty:

Returning Students:

New Students:

For students currently on campus:

Please visit my.nichols.edu for additional information about schedules and events


Message from the President

A Message from the President

At Nichols College, we’re committed to developing tomorrow’s business leaders through a dynamic, career-focused education. A strong business curriculum combined with a solid liberal arts core provides the foundation upon which all majors build. A highlight of our curriculum is our pioneering professional development program which gives our graduates a distinct advantage in the competitive workplace.

As you browse the website, you’ll get a sense of what makes the Nichols community so vibrant – significant opportunities for students to learn and lead, in and out of the classroom; a supportive and mentoring environment; highly qualified faculty; a campus landscape that expands each year with new and improved facilities; study-abroad experiences; and of course, Bison fever for our thriving home teams.

The success of students, both in their academic training and professional endeavors, is at the heart of a Nichols education. The College is proud of the thousands of Nichols alumni who have put their degrees to productive use and who have fashioned their own success stories. Among them are CEOs, company presidents and business owners who attribute the solid business education and nurturing atmosphere of Nichols as the underpinning for their transformation from student to professional.

After you’ve explored the website, we encourage you to visit the Nichols campus. Come see and feel what sets us apart from other business colleges and experience for yourself the exciting and innovative ways our students are preparing for their futures.

Susan West Engelkemeyer, Ph.D.
President


Renting our Facilities | Nichols College, Dudley, MA

Renting Nichols College Facilities

Nichols College is located on 200 acres in the rolling hills of south-central Massachusetts in the town of Dudley.

Nichols excellent facilities and support services will create the right environment for your next event – large or small – by providing:

Our Conference and Event staff will guide you through every step of step of the planning process, so that you can be assured your next event will be memorable.

For more information about Nichols College facilities and rental pricing, visit our website at www.nicholsconferences.com.

Contact Information

Conference and Event Manager
Cathy Champagne
cathy.champagne@nichols.edu
508-213-2103


Employment Opportunities | Nichols College, MA

Employment Opportunities at Nichols

Within a supportive community, Nichols College transforms today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders through a dynamic, career-focused business and professional education. Our faculty and staff take seriously their role in transforming students into successful graduates who respond to challenges, are eager for responsibility and assume significant roles in the global economy. If that sounds like you, consider joining our campus community.

Open Positions

Faculty

There are no open positions at this time.

Professional

Director of Residence Life

JOB SUMMARY:

The Director of Residence Life is responsible for providing the leadership, vision and administration of the Residence Life Department. The Director provides fiscal management for department budget; supervises professional and support staff, ensuring efficient operations and programming, and ensures compliance with all relevant policies, procedures, standards, and laws. The Director will continually seek new and collaborative methods to create an active living/learning environment that encourages mutual respect, accountability and civility.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

Masters Degree in Student Personnel or related area required. Residence life and judicial affairs experience needed, including the ability to provide strong leadership and effective supervision. Candidate must have excellent oral and written communication skills, and a strong aptitude for a variety of computer applications and software programs (Datatel, Perspective, CCure).

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Coordinate a comprehensive residence life program housing approximately 935 students in ten residence halls.
  2. Evaluate and assess College housing occupancy, retention, and projection trends; oversee the residential facilities to maintain a safe, secure, and healthy living environment; confirms that all room assignments and billings are completed and communicated to students.
  3. Selection, training, supervision and evaluation of a Housing Coordinator, Area Coordinators and Graduate Resident Directors.
  4. Responsible for administration and oversight of the departmental budget and all housing related processes (e.g. room selection/assignments, damage billing, etc.).
  5. Co-coordinate the student judicial process, training Residence Life department staff in judicial matters, policies, procedures and maintain/update Student Code of Conduct and Housing Regulations. Serve as a high level case administrator.
  6. Present at various Admissions related events such as Open Houses, Orientation and Accepted Students’ Receptions.
  7. Available for emergency response as well as evenings and weekends as needed, in collaboration with Dean of Students.
  8. Develop, coordinate and oversee the completion of all departmental publications, including web pages, staff manuals and brochures.
  9. Seek out and/or facilitate collaborative projects with Athletics, Student Involvement, faculty, Student Government Association, etc. in areas that will assist in student growth and development.
  10. Through the AD and GRD’s, provide on-going programming in the residence halls that is dynamic and meets the needs of the residents and/or the entire community.
  11. Liaison with Facilities Management and Public Safety departments concerning health and safety of the residence halls.
  12. Coordinate all job searches for departmental staff
  13. Coordinate with external services (e.g. laundry service, etc) as required.
  14. Maintain professional affiliation and involvement with the Worcester Residence Life Network, NEACUHO and ACUHO-i.
  15. Serve on administrative committees as assigned by the President or the Dean.
  16. The Director is required to live within 30 minutes of campus for emergency response unless otherwise arranged with the Dean. On campus but private housing may be available.
  17. Assume additional responsibilities as needed/assigned.

PHYSICAL JOB COMPONENTS:

Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Send letter of application, resume, and names, addresses and telephone numbers of three (3) professional references to:

Human Resources Department
Nichols College
Dudley, MA 01571
 

Associate Director of Development

Nichols College, a small, private institution which prepares students for successful careers in business seeks a seasoned professional to join a dynamic Advancement team. Nichols College is located just south of Worcester, about one hour’s drive from Boston, Providence, Hartford and Springfield.

The Associate Director is responsible for cultivating and soliciting 125-150 prospects, managing a planned gift marketing campaign, and working closely with the Advancement staff and campus leaders to develop and implement strategies to close gift commitments.

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree and at least three (3) years of experience in fundraising, preferably in a higher education environment. Candidates who thrive in a metrics driven environment with a track record of successful moves management are especially desired. This position reports to the Vice-President for Advancement and offers a generous benefits package.

Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Send letter of application, resume, and names, addresses and telephone numbers of three (3) professional references to:

Human Resources Department
Nichols College
Dudley, MA 01571
 

Nichols College is an equal opportunity employer and educator and encourages women and minorities to apply.

Other

There are no open positions at this time.

Contact Information

Human Resources Department
Nichols College
Dudley, MA 01571
 


Delays, Cancellations, Alerts | Nichols College, Dudley, MA | Undergraduate Business Degrees

Delays, Cancellations and Alerts

The start of Nichols College day classes will be delayed until 9:30 a.m. today. The Bad Weather Day Schedule is in effect. Students, please check your email for the schedule.

Delays and Cancellations

Due to the high percentage of students in residence, it is the policy of Nichols College NOT to cancel classes in the undergraduate day college unless an extreme emergency exists. However, if weather conditions are sufficiently severe, the College may delay the start of classes until 9:30 a.m. and will run an abbreviated class schedule with 50-minute classes for the remainder of the school day.

Students, staff and faculty should log onto myNichols for schedule information or other details.

In the event that weather conditions may be sufficiently severe to warrant the use of the bad weather day schedule, log onto myNichols any time or use the College Snow Line after 6:30 a.m. extension 2452 or 508-213-2452.

Additional Information

Listen to local radio or television stations below for special bulletins between 6:30 - 8:00 a.m.

Evening Classes

In the event that weather conditions warrant the cancellation of evening classes, the college will announce it by 3:00 p.m. Evening students are encouraged to listen to local radio or television stations above for special bulletins indicating that "Evening Classes are Cancelled" or that "The College is Closed."

Evening students can also use the College Snow Line, 508-213-2452, or check myNichols web site: myNichols.


Nichols College Publications | Nichols College, MA

Nichols College Publications

Looking for quick facts about Nichols College, our accomplishments and our impacts on our community? Learn more about Nichols here, through our alumni magazine, Nichols College Magazine, or our annual report.

Fast Facts about Nichols

Community Impacts of Nichols College

Annual Report

 

 

Nichols College Magazine

Nichols College Catalog

 

For a printed copy of the Catalog, contact the Admissions office at 1-800-470-3379 


Board of Trustees | Nichols College, MA | Undergraduate Business Degree Programs

Board of Trustees

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Officers

John H. McClutchyChairman
John H. McClutchy, Jr. '72

President
JHM Financial Group, LLC

Thomas J. HallVice Chairman
Thomas J. Hall '69

Managing Director - Investments
Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Constantine AlexanderSecretary
Constantine Alexander

Senior Counsel
Nutter, McClennen & Fish LLP

Kurt R. HarringtonTreasurer
Kurt R. Harrington '74

Executive Vice President and CFO
Arlington Asset Investment Corp.

 

Board Members

Joseph T. BartulisJoseph T. Bartulis, Jr.
Officer
Fletcher Tilton, PC

Randall V. BeckerRandall V. Becker '83 MBA '96
Executive Vice President and CFO
MAPFRE USA Corp.

David G. BedardDavid G. Bedard '86
Senior Managing Director and CFO
New York Life Investments Group

Jane BirckheadJane T. Birckhead
Vice President & Partner
Hukill Hazlett Harrington Agency, Inc.

James W. Coghlin, Sr.James W. Coghlin, Sr. '67
Chairman & Coach
Coghlin Companies, Inc.

John H. DavisJohn H. Davis '72
Chairman & CEO
Ventry Industries, LLC

Stephen A. DavisStephen A. Davis '80
Partner
Ventry Industries, LLC

Edwin B. DonahueEdwin B. Donahue '72
Former Sr. Vice President/CFO
Vitruvian Exploration, LLC

Asuman GökselAsuman Göksel
Vice President
IBEC Consultancy Education

Samuel R. HainesSamuel R. Haines '73
Chairman & CEO
Gear Motions, Inc.

David G. HaleDavid G. Hale '75
Loan Officer
Poli Mortgage Group

Robert B. KuppenheimerRobert B. Kuppenheimer '69
Vice President and
Managing Director
Distribution Development Nuveen Investments, LLC

Peter LynchPeter L. Lynch ’74
Retired President, CEO & Chairman of the Board
Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.

Robert E. MillerRobert E. Miller, Ph.D.
Retired Founding President
Quinebaug Valley Community College

Senetor Richard T. MooreSenator Richard T. Moore
Massachusetts State House

Thomas H. NilesThomas H. Niles '63
Senior Advisor
Boston Residential Group, LLC

Alan PeppelAlan S. Peppel
MBA '98

Chairman/CEO
Affinity Group, Inc.

Martin J. PowerMartin J. Power '78
Trading Manager
Koch Supply & Trading, LP

Kent TarrantKent Tarrant '57
Retired President/CEO
Southworth Company

Tammy WolfTammy A. Wolf '94
Services Account Manager
Hewlett Packard

 

TRUSTEE EMERITI

Howard K.O. ChongHoward K.O. Chong, Jr. '64
President & CEO
Healani Land Company, Inc.

John B. DirlamJohn B. Dirlam
President
J.I. Morris Company

Gerald FelsGerald Fels '66
Vice Chairman of the Board
MAPFRE USA Corp

Richard B. HardyRichard B. Hardy
Chairman Emeritus
Affinity Group, Inc.

David F. LombardDavid F. Lombard '65
Retired Publications Consultant
Jostens, Inc.

Robert J. VaudreuilRobert J. Vaudreuil '77
Retired President & CEO
The Protector Group Insurance Agency, Inc.

 

Career Services for Students | Nichols College, MA | Undergraduate Business Degrees

Career Services for Students

Learn. Lead. Succeed.

The Office of Career Services is dedicated to helping you become successfully employed upon graduation. How do we do this? By offering individualized attention and utilizing the latest technology and resources to prepare you for internships and the job search experience. Clearly, our approach is working.

Career & Internship Fair 2014

Students, Alumni, and Members of the Community Mark your calendar now for the
Career & Internship Fair:
Tuesday, February 25, 2014,
1:00 to 3:30 P.M. at the Nichols College Athletic Center
Professional business attire required.

  • Our most recent survey results show 93% of our 2013 graduates were employed or entered graduate school within 6 months of graduation.
  • More than 90% of all graduates the past 10 years were employed within 6 months.

Successful Job Placement for 2013 Grads

Here are a few examples of 2013 grads with jobs

Graduate School:

The following students are pursing graduate school upon graduation:

Military:

We sponsor notable speakers, employer panels and networking events with Nichols alumni and human resources managers to help you learn what they are looking for in a job candidate, make valuable contacts and ultimately land your first job.

One-on-One Coaching

We encourage all students to work with us on an individualized basis to gain help with:

On Campus Recruiting

Human Resources Directors from a number of businesses throughout New England visit campus every fall and spring looking for Nichols seniors to join their organizations. Employers interviewing on campus within the past twelve months include:

"Compared to other schools, Nichols taught me how to present myself, ask appropriate questions, and enter an interview confident and poised,"

Kate Dyson, Class of 2012,
First Year Associate with PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC).

Current Resources and Technology

Networking Opportunities and Career Panels

We sponsor notable speakers, employer panels and networking events with Nichols alumni and human resources managers to help you learn what they are looking for in a job candidate, make valuable contacts and ultimately land your first job.

Career Fair

Nichols sponsors its own private Career Fair where all Nichols students have the opportunity to present themselves to recruiters from companies and organizations. Download and print a list of employers and organizations scheduled to attend the 2014 Career and Internship Fair. 


About Nichols | Undergraduate business programs at Nichols College, MA

Learn. Lead. Succeed.

Why is Nichols the Right Choice for you?

As a student, you want value that includes a solid business education and a great college experience. And looking ahead, you want to be sure that when you graduate, you will be able find a job and make a difference in the career of your choosing. Nichols provides this and much more.

Read first-hand how recent grads and alumni have benefited from a Nichols education ...

More opportunities . . .

“Nichols provided a great foundation for me. It opened a number of doors into the world of non-profit and business administration and prepared me for graduate school. Nichols was the right fit for me, and I can’t say enough about the experience I had there.”

John Stanton ’78, Independent Journalist, Private School Administrator

Experienced and mentoring faculty . . .

“Our professors demonstrate a passion for the field and demand a high level of professionalism. They helped me prepare for and obtain an internship at the Suffolk County DA’s Office, and now I am working there full time.”

Chris Kerrigan ’12, Civilian Investigator, Suffolk County DA’s Office

Great internships . . .

“My internship helped me gain a foot in the door at EMC. It involved running the internship/co-op program which hosts more than 500 students each year. I handled all of North America as well as some recruiting through campus visits, career fairs, and networking events. I am now working there full-time with the same type of responsibilities.

Katie Swank ’12, Associate Program Manager, EMC

Real-World Experience . . .

My Nichols classes were vital in preparing me for the real business world. For one successful class project, I was able to utilize skills from a variety of classes to help my team secure a deal. The skills I gained will be very helpful to me as I begin my professional career.

Justin Winwood ’12, management major

Value . . .

“Nichols is one of the most affordable business colleges in the area. I think the Nichols brand has certainly gained in its recognition and its value. An education at Nichols is just a sound investment.”

David Hale ’75, Loan Officer

Contact Admissions today at Admissions@nichols.edu or 800-470-3379 to find out why Nichols is the right choice for you.

A Nichols College education is all about Value and Success

An outstanding college experience

Add it up. A great college experience plus excellent graduate outcomes equal SUCCESS.


Presidential Search | President Position Profile | Nichols College

President Position Profile.

The Opportunity:

Situated on more than 200 picturesque hilltop acres in historic Dudley, Massachusetts, Nichols College offers students an exceptional career-centered education, primarily offering programs in business education with additional programs available in the liberal arts. The Nichols community is a dynamic one, dedicated to student success.

The seventh president of Nichols College will have the opportunity to lead this distinctive institution into its third century of providing outcomes-based business education which prepares graduates to enter careers critical to American society. The College seeks a progressive and visionary leader who is committed to the College’s mission of developing tomorrow’s business leaders and entrepreneurs and who will work to secure a future for Nichols as a premier business college in New England. The next president will build on both the enduring history of the College and upon its achievements over the past decade—during which the College has engineered a dramatic financial turnaround, reaffirmed its traditional educational values, and garnered increased support and engagement from the alumni and the larger community. Nichols seeks a leader to build on this success and to guide its continued development as an institution which focuses on providing students with the tools to lead successful careers and lives.

Download the Position Profile Here


President Search | Nichols College

Nichols College President Search.

There are many wonderful opportunities ahead as the Nichols College campus community gets ready to celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2015.

After 12 years of leadership, Nichols sixth president, Dr. Debra Townsley, left in July 2010 to assume the presidency at Peace College, and it became the responsibility of the Board of Trustees to appoint the next president.

The Board's immediate goal was to ensure that the College continued to be true to its mission of developing tomorrow’s leaders through a dynamic, career-focused business education. To this end, the Board appointed Gerald Fels '66, D.B.A. (Hon.) '07 interim president on July 1st and left the day-to-day operations in his most-capable hands.

John H. McClutchy Jr. ’72, Nichols current board chair, says of Fels: “Jerry is the ideal choice for Nichols during this transition. As past chair of the board, he led Nichols during its financial turnaround and gained a deep knowledge and understanding of the College’s operations. Nichols has benefited from his considerable financial leadership and management expertise and has become a stronger, more secure institution because of it. Plus, Jerry has a genuine affection for Nichols and an interest in its future which is evident in the generous and dedicated support he and his wife Marilyn have shown over the years.”

Second, the Board named a President Search Committee which includes five current trustees, the interim president (also a trustee emeritus), select members of the faculty and alumni, as well as a student representative. The search process, which will be national and international in scope, will include a professional search firm that will be charged with maximizing the recruiting and assessment of the best possible candidates.

As the process begins, the Search Committee will be seeking input from the Nichols community on how to build on past successes and make an informed decision of selecting the next leader.

It is within these pages that the Board of Trustees will update the campus community on new developments in the selection process.
 


Employers - Internship Program | Undergraduate business program - Nichols College, MA

Internship Program - Information for Employers

Many Nichols students take advantage of internship opportunities to enhance their educational experience. Nichols College strongly believes in the cooperative learning experience where students apply the knowledge they have gained in the classroom to an internship position. This philosophy has prompted the College to develop an internship program that allows our students the opportunity to gain on-the-job experience.

What is an internship?

An internship is defined as a supervised work/learning experience that exposes a student to professional responsibilities in a career field of interest. Internships are further defined by the acknowledgement that the student intern is the primary beneficiary of the relationship and that the supervision provided by the sponsoring organization offers both structure and evaluation to the student intern.

Timeframe

Internships occur at any time during the academic year or summer months. Career Services will advertise internship opportunities to our student body throughout the year. The majority of students typically seek opportunities based on an academic calendar: fall semester, spring semester and summer break. Specific internship hours are negotiated between the student intern and the sponsoring organization.

Compensation

It is the decision of the organization to offer compensation for an internship. Although not all internships offer compensation, those that do are highly attractive to students, especially during the summer months.

Nichols College offers Academic Internships for college credit and General/ Experiential Internships that are not for credit; both of which can be paid or unpaid.

Experiential Internship

Students must fulfill a 60-hour placement requirement for the internship to be recognized by the college. Students applying for an experiential internship must have completed at least 30 credit hours of classroom instruction before placement is approved, and have a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Academic Internship

Students must fulfill a 120-hour requirement in order for the internship to be recognized by the college. Students applying for an academic internship must have completed at least 60 credit hours of classroom instruction and have maintained a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students are also required to enlist a faculty sponsor that will be responsible for the academic component of the internship.

Please contact Lori Smith, Associate Director of Career Services & Internship Placement Coordinator at 508.213.2389 or lori.smith@nichols.edu for more information on the internship placement process or visit Road to Success to post internships with your company!


Employers - Professional Development Seminar | Undergraduate business program - Nichols College, MA

Professional Development Seminar

Our students are well prepared for career success. At Nichols, each student is taught real life skills needed for the professional world through the Professional Development Seminar (PDS) Program. This is a series of required, one-credit courses where students learn many aspects of professional life as they develop the tools and skills needed to become successful in a variety of fields.

PDS topics include:

The PDS Program also requires students to develop a personal portfolio documenting the skills gained in their four years at Nichols. Portfolio development produces students who are well versed in professional topics and the result is a confident, qualified candidate prepared for the professional world.

For more information about the PDS program, click here.
 


Employers - Road to Success | Undergraduate business programs - Nichols College, MA

Road to Success – online recruiting.

Advertising your full time job openings just became easier. Instead of having to send us your job and internship listings by paper, e-mail or fax, you may submit all of this information to the central online recruiting tool, Road to Success.


Advertising your full time job openings just became easier! Road to Success replaces the need for sending us your job listings by paper, e-mail or fax. Best of all, this program is no cost to you, the employer!

Need help getting started?

Please contact Cheryl Alderman, Employer Relations Coordinator, at 508.213.2482 or cheryl.alderman@nichols.edu or the Office of Career Services at careerservices@nichols.edu with any questions.


Employers | Undergraduate business programs - Nichols College, MA

Information for Employers

Nichols students are well prepared for today's working environment. The success of our students begins with a much focused goal, which is outlined in Nichols' mission statement. It states, "Nichols College strives to develop tomorrow's leaders through a dynamic, career-focused business education".

The Office of Career Services offers you a variety of options for connecting with students and alumnae:

Thank you for considering Nichols College students as employees or interns of your organization. We are pleased to introduce to you our on-line recruiting system, Road to Success, which provides an easy way to access our students at no cost. This program replaces the need for sending us your job listings by paper, e-mail or fax. Once you become registered, you will be able to view student resumes, participate in On-Campus Recruiting, maintain a profile, post and/or update job listings, internships, and more!

As a first time, new user, you will need to register by visiting Road to Success. At that point, you will be asked to self-register and fill out a company profile. That will be sent to a holding bin prior to approval. Once approved, you will have full access to this exciting resource!


Employers - On-Campus Recruiting | Undergraduate business programs - Nichols College, MA

Conducting on-campus recruiting.

Schedule On-Campus Interviews for Spring of 2013

Want to come on campus to interview students for internships and/or full-time job opportunities? We make it easy. Interviewing times are available for select dates from February 4-April 30, 2013. We request a minimum of two weeks advanced notice to schedule a visit. Depending on the date, we may have more than one interview room available. We would also be pleased to host you for complimentary lunch in our dining hall.

Pre-selecting Candidates

You may select students to interview by reviewing resumes of interested students prior to your visit. Interviews generally are held between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm and are typically 30-45 minutes long.

Can’t come on campus?

With private interview rooms and Skype capabilities, we offer you the opportunity to interview students remotely in a cost effective manner and in a professional environment.

Tell Students about Your Company

Want to let students know about your company and possible job opportunities? We can provide a location on the Nichols campus so that you may distribute literature about your company, hold informational sessions as well as meet with our students.

We will work with you to schedule a convenient date and time. Information sessions and table displays typically begin in October and run throughout the academic year. Please let us know three weeks in advance if you would like to schedule a date to visit our campus. Audio-visual equipment is also available for use upon request. Just let us know!

For more information or to schedule a visit . . .

Contact Cheryl Alderman, Employer Relations Coordinator, at 508.213.2482 or cheryl.alderman@nichols.edu or visit Road to Success for more information or to register your company.

On-Campus Recruiting Policies

As member of NACE, the National Association of Colleges and Employers, we adhere to the NACE principles for professional standards.

Recruiting Dates

Spring 2013 recruiting dates are February 4 - April 30


Career and Internship Fair | Undergraduate business programs - | Nichols College, MA

Career and Internship Fair

Career and Internship Fair
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
1:00 to 3:30 P.M. at the Nichols College Athletic Center
Registration and attendance are free for participating companies.
To register your company or organization, contact Career Services at 508-213-2489.

Open to current Nichols students and alumni, students from COWC member institutions, and community members, the event provides you with the opportunity to meet candidates for full-time and part-time employment, summer positions, and internship opportunities.

Tables are available at no cost to you. However, registration is required.

"One of the largest college career fairs in central New England."

Download and print a list of employers and organizations scheduled to attend the 2014 Career and Internship Fair.

 

The Career and Internship Fair provides you with an opportunity to meet our students and alumni from the following majors.

For more information about the Career and Internship Fair, contact Cheryl Alderman, Employer Relations Coordinator, at 508.213.2482 or cheryl.alderman@nichols.edu


Mission Statement and Vision Statement | Nichols College, Dudley, MA

Nichols College Mission Statement & Vision Statement

Mission Statement

Within a supportive community, Nichols College transforms today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders through a dynamic, career-focused business and professional education.

To support its mission, Nichols College

Vision Statement

Nichols College is a college of choice for business and leadership education as a result of its distinctive career-focused and leadership-based approaches to learning, both in and out of the classroom.


Administration | Undergraduate business programs - Nichols College, MA

Nichols College Administration

Leading by example.

At Nichols, you’ll meet administrators who are accomplished business and community leaders. From the Board of Trustees to the President’s Council, our goal is to lead by example, provide strong models for students and ensure that our programs remain closely connected to the real world.

A Message from the President


History & Accreditation | Nichols College, MA

History & Accreditation

True to our New England location, Nichols College has always embodied Yankee ingenuity and practicality. As we near our 200th anniversary, the College continues this legacy with education that is relevant to - and that actively prepares our students to succeed in - today’s workforce.

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Accreditation

Nichols College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, a non-governmental, nationally recognized organization.

Nichols College has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:

Nichols College Earns Top Score in National Survey

Nichols College ranks among top colleges in the 2010 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) released by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, showing superior marks in the level of academic challenge, active and collaborative learning, and student-faculty interaction.

Every year NSSE asks fourth-year students at hundreds of colleges and universities to reflect on the time they devote to various learning activities to determine student success in college. Nichols scored higher in key categories than the average of 13 of its peer colleges and higher than the NSSE 2010 average.

Here’s a sample of the indicators that Nichols graduates will be successful in the workplace:

 
Acquiring Job or Work Related Knowledge and Skills
Solving Complex Real-World Problems
Speaking Clearly and Effectively
Working Effectively with Others
 

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Accreditation

Nichols College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, a non-governmental, nationally recognized organization. Nichols has also received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located in Olathe, Kansas.


Frequently Asked Questions | Undergraduate business programs – Nichols College, MA

Frequently Asked Questions

Students Questions

What will I do on the weekends?
There are tons of things to do on weekends. The Center for Student Involvement organizes events throughout the school year, ranging from bands, karaoke and comedians on campus to off-campus trips. Nichols campus is under an hour from Boston, Providence, Hartford and Springfield and only 20 minutes from Worcester. Take advantage of our central location and explore each city with your friends.

How will I pick my roommate?
Roommates are selected using a housing preference form that asks about your hobbies, study habits and living styles. We use the information you provide to match you with a compatible roommate.

Can I bring a car on campus?
Yes! All students are allowed to have a car on campus. It’s easy. Just pay the $150 annual parking fee and register your vehicle with Public Safety.

 

Admissions Questions

How do I apply for admission to Nichols?
You can apply online, with the common application, or by downloading an application and sending it in. To complete your application, you will need to submit one written essay, one recommendation, your high school transcripts (including first-quarter grades), ACT or SAT scores and a $25 application fee. The fee is waived for online applications.

When are applications due?
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed as they are submitted. We also host a “Decision Day” where you can visit campus and submit your application for immediate review. View the Admissions Calendar for details on upcoming events.

When will I find out if I am accepted?
Typically, students receive a decision three weeks after we receive their completed application. If you have not received a response after three weeks, please call our office at 1-800-470-3379.

Financial Aid Questions

How do I get financial aid?
To receive financial aid (other than merit scholarships), you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after January 1. The priority filing deadline is March 1. We have helpful financial aid information available online. If you have additional questions you can Financial Aid at 508-213-2378.

How do I complete a FAFSA if I haven’t had my taxes done yet?
You can estimate your financial information using last year’s taxes, then update your FAFSA when you have completed your taxes.

When will I get my award letter?
We begin mailing award letters to incoming freshmen in late February and continue awarding throughout the year as applications arrive.

When will I get my first bill?
Bills are sent out to students in June for the start of the fall semester and in December for the start of the spring semester. Monthly statements will be sent out thereafter. These statements will include any new activity, including payments and financial aid transactions. Information about tuition, fees and payments is available online or you can call the Business Office at 508-213-2288.

Parents Questions

What happens if my student gets sick while on campus?
Nichols College has ample health services options to meet the needs of our students. All students have the opportunity to meet with our campus nurse or physician, Monday through Friday. Students who become ill during the weekend, or who need urgent care, may use emergency services at Harrington Hospital located approximately 15 minutes from campus.

How can I ensure that my student is taking the right classes?
All students at Nichols College are assigned an adviser to help them transition into college and make proper academic choices. Advisers will meet with students each semester to help select the courses needed to complete their degree within four years.

Are computers required for all students?
Computers are not required; however, most students do bring their own computers to campus. Those who will not be bringing a computer to campus will still have computer access through the student workstations in Conant Library.

How do I know my student will be safe on campus?
Nichols College is a very safe place. In fact, a study by APBnews.com listed Nichols among the schools with the lowest risk of crime. Nichols was given a rating of "1", which the study defined as having a crime risk of “less than one-fifth the national average”. Our campus Department of Public Safety operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the academic year.

When does my student need to purchase books?
Most students purchase their books at our campus bookstore during the first week of classes.

My student is a fussy eater. Will he or she have a variety of dining choices while at Nichols?
Yes. The Nichols College Dining Services, run by Sodexo, provide a range of dining options. Students may choose from a variety of tempting and healthy meal choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner in our buffet style dining hall. They may also order off the menu at the Snack Bar or Davis Cafe. When students have a craving for a late night snack, they can use their Bison Bucks (similar to a debit card) to purchase food at campus vending machines or at a variety of local stores and restaurants.


Community Service | Undergraduate business schools – Nichols College, MA

Community Service

Are you prepared to give back?

As a Nichols student, you’re encouraged to be of service in the larger community. We believe that being a good neighbor is serious business.

Individually, Nichols students donate hundreds of hours to community causes each year, including:

  • Providing recreation for prekindergarten students at the Green Acres Child Care Center
  • Raising funds for cancer research through the Walk for the Cure and Wear Red Day
  • Participating in a Red Cross blood drive every semester
  • Contributing money and toys to the Marines Toys for Tots Foundation
  • Donating proceeds from recycling initiatives to local nonprofit organizations
  • Visiting seniors and helping with exercise activities at local senior centers
  • Reading to children at Shiners Hospitals for Children
  • Providing athletic sport clinics for local elementary schools
  • Feeding cats, exercising dogs and cleaning at local animal shelters
  • Donating food to the Webster-Dudley Food Share and the Worcester County Food Bank
  • Cleaning up vacant lots through Worcester’s Earth Day event

Youth Education

Student volunteers working with puppies. As a campus, Nichols organizes many youth education initiatives in surrounding towns:

Nichols Kids2College

A six-week program that encourages low-income and minority students in the sixth grade to explore careers and see college as a real option. Nichols works closely with teachers, coordinates classroom speakers, and hosts students for a campus tour, lunch and graduation.

Webster Boys & Girls Club

Nichols students provide homework help and lead activities for children in the after-school program of the Marilyn and Gerald Fels Clubhouse. Nichols also organizes a Halloween extravaganza for more than 100 children, which has been recognized with a Community Engagement Award.

Pipeline to Post-Secondary Education

Local 10th graders spend five Fridays away from the classroom conducting state-contracted environmental research on the Quinebaug-Shetucket National Heritage Corridor and analyzing the data under the guidance of Nichols faculty.

Y.O.U. Inc. Upward Bound Program

A residential college preparatory experience for low-income high school students in Southbridge. Upward Bound has a college placement rate of 95%. The program has received the George I. Alden Award at the annual Celebration of Higher Education in Central Massachusetts. 


Business Focused Education | Nichols College, MA | Undergraduate Business Degrees

Business Focused Education

At Nichols, you’ll find a professionally focused business education that translates seamlessly into the real world. From interactive classes that incorporate case studies, team projects and active discussion on global issues, to experiential learning outside the classroom, you’ll leave Nichols well-prepared to succeed in your business career.

Your Success is Our Business

Nichols faculty members aren’t just professors. They have extensive corporate and business experience. As a student, you can rely on them for insight, advice and mentorship. And our award-winning Professional Development Seminar will prepare you to outperform your peers on internships and job interviews.

Undergraduate Day Program

2 degrees. 14 business specializations. Nichols offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.

Graduate and Professional Program

Our world-class MBA degree program is known as one of the top graduate business programs in Massachusetts. We also offer a Master’s in Organizational Leadership (MOL).

Our focus on business works.

You’ll find Nichols alumni in senior roles in many well-known corporations, as well as government and non-profit agencies.

Nichols is accredited by:

International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC)
Learn more.


President’s Council | Undergraduate Business Degree Programs | Nichols College, Dudley, MA

Meet our management.

The President’s Council is the Nichols College “management team”. Responsible for providing leadership and administration to faculty and staff, the council includes managers from across all areas of the College.

Members of the President’s Council

William Boffi
Associate Vice President for Enrollment

Pamela J. Boggio
Dean of Students

Kevin F. Brassard
Vice President for Information Services

Cynthia L. Brown
Assistant Vice President for Quality Enhancement, Office of the President

Thomas R. Cafaro
Vice President for Marketing and International Partnerships

Kerry Calnan
Executive Director for Graduate & Professional Studies

William C. Pieczynski
Vice President for Advancement

Alan J. Reinhardt, Ph.D.
Provost & Senior Vice President

Michael J. Stanton
Vice President for Administration


Staff directory | Undergraduate Business Degree Programs | Nichols College, MA

Staff Directory

Nichols maintains accessible faculty and staff who are committed to student success. The following PDFs are available for download providing telephone listings for staff and faculty at the college. 

Phone Listing - Alphabetical

Phone Listing - By department

Key Contacts

Department of Public Safety
Jack Caulfield, Director
508-949-0737

Media Contact
Ronald Schachter,  Director of Communications
508-213-2219