A History of Nichols College

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  1. 1815Amasa Nichols
  2. 1816First Academy Building
  3. 1819Tuition
  4. 1819The First "Scholars"
  5. 1819Folk Art Watercolor
  6. 1819Academy Programs
  7. 1819Preceptors
  8. 1822Samuel Slater
  9. 1830Proper Environment
  10. 1830Student Meals
  11. 1835Enrollment
  12. 1835Constitution
  13. 1860"Round Ball"
  14. 1860Colors of the Academy
  15. 1861Church Attendance
  16. 1871Agreement with the Town of Dudley
  17. 1873Boarding House
  18. 1874Hezekiah Conant
  19. 1879Rhetorical Exercises
  20. 1881Academy Hall
  21. 1882Conant Library and Observatory
  22. 1883Dormitory Living
  23. 1885Roger Conant Hall
  24. 1895Emersonian System
  25. 1896Athletics and Extracurricular Activities
  26. 1909Nichols Academy Closed
  27. 1923The Bethel Bible Institute
  28. 1931Athletic Teams
  29. 1931Nichols Junior College
  30. 1931James Lawson Conrad
  31. 1931The Budget
  32. 1931Dining Hall
  33. 1932Nichols Junior College Seal
  34. 1932Nichols Junior College First Commencement
  35. 1932Budleigh Hall
  36. 1932The Gymnasium / Auditorium
  37. 1935President Home / Justinian House
  38. 1936School-Sponsored Student Activities
  39. 1937Nichols Junior Seal
  40. 1937Bison
  41. 1938Quartermaster Corps of the U.S. Army
  42. 1938The Hurricane of 1938
  43. 1938Merrill Hall
  44. 1938Associate of Business Administration
  45. 1940Hal Chalmers
  46. 1940Civilian Pilot Training Program
  47. 1942Nichols Purchases the Academy
  48. 1942The College Alma Mater
  49. 1942Nichols Junior Seal
  50. 1942Winston Hall
  51. 1943Nichols Junior College Closed
  52. 1946Nichols Junior College Reopened
  53. 1946Clubhouse / Bazzie's
  54. 1947Black Tavern Annex
  55. 1948Alumni Hall
  56. 1949Undefeated Season
  57. 1949Men's Lacrosse
  58. 1952Specialty Junior College
  59. 1953The Nichols Women's Club
  60. 1954Conservation and Forestry
  61. 1954The Ridings Memorial
  62. 1954Daniels Hall
  63. 1956Enrollment
  64. 1956Nicholodians Glee Club
  65. 1958Nichols College of Business Administration
  66. 1958Conrad Hall
  67. 1958A New College Seal
  68. 1959T Hall / Olsen Hall
  69. 1959Forestry Building
  70. 1959The Bison Bowl
  71. 1959Nichols Fire Dept.
  72. 1960Smith Hall
  73. 1960Underhill Hall
  74. 1961Goodell Hall
  75. 1961Bachelor of Business Administration
  76. 1962Conant Library
  77. 1962Nichols Honor Societies
  78. 1962The Currier Center
  79. 1963O'Neil Hall
  80. 1963Chalmers Field House
  81. 1963Conservation and Forestry Major
  82. 1964Houlberg House
  83. 1965Admissions Center
  84. 1965Nichols Woodsmen
  85. 1965Nichols Receives Accreditation
  86. 1965National Collegiate Athletic Association
  87. 1965Sesquicentennial
  88. 1966Gordon B. Cross, Ph.D.
  89. 1968The Bison's Den
  90. 1970New Dorm
  91. 1971First Women
  92. 1971New Programs
  93. 1972A New College Seal
  94. 1972Lombard Dining Hall
  95. 1972Nichols Athletic Hall of Fame
  96. 1973Darcy Coyle, DBA
  97. 1973Coach Michael Vendetti
  98. 1974MBA Program
  99. 1978Lowell C. Smith, Ph.D.
  100. 1978Dudley Appreciation Day
  101. 1978Women's Softball
  102. 1978Women's Basketball
  103. 1979Field Hockey
  104. 1979Continuing Education Program
  105. 1979Student Services Center
  106. 1980Institute for American Values
  107. 1980Fuller House
  108. 1980Chisholm House
  109. 1984Gurnett House
  110. 1984The Cultural Experience
  111. 1986Nichols PC Plan
  112. 1987Ellen O’Connor Duggan ’82
  113. 1987Men's Rugby
  114. 1989The 1792 Guest House
  115. 1991Davis Hall
  116. 1991Shamie Hall
  117. 1991Women's Soccer First Season
  118. 1994Women's Tennis
  119. 1996James J. Darazsdi
  120. 1997Sports Management
  121. 1998Debra (Murphy) Townsley, Ph.D.
  122. 1998Innovative New Curriculum
  123. 1999The Educator Preparation Program
  124. 1999Umoja (Unity)
  125. 2000Remillard Hall
  126. 2000Women's Lacrosse
  127. 2001The Golf Team
  128. 2002New Academic Specializations
  129. 2002Women's Soccer
  130. 2005Nichols Dedicates
  131. 2005IACBE
  132. 2006Nichols Student Government Association
  133. 2007Two New Academic Programs
  134. 2007South, Center, and North Hall
  135. 2008Copper Beech I and II
  136. 2008The “A to B” Business Program
  137. 2008Women's Ice Hockey
  138. 2009Field Hockey
  139. 2009Men's Ice Hockey
  140. 2009Largest Enrollment Day
  141. 2010Trustee Emeritus Gerald Fels ’66 DBA (Hon.) ’07
  142. 2010Men's Soccer
  143. 2010Fischer Institute
  144. 2011Susan West Engelkemeyer, Ph.D.
  145. 2012Men's Tennis
  146. 2012Fels Student Center
  147. 2013Certificate in Entrepreneurship
  148. 2013Men's and Women's Cross Country
  149. 2013The Institute for Women’s Leadership
  150. 2014Men's and Women's Track & Field
  151. 2014Men's Basketball
  152. 2014New Academic Building

1874 Hezekiah Conant

A graduate of Nichols Academy, Hezekiah Conant, is credited with being its second founder and most “munificent benefactor.” Arriving on the Board of Trustees in 1874, he launched a campaign to rejuvenate his beloved alma mater by building three new structures (still in use today) and enhancing the curriculum to prepare students for the best colleges and technical schools. An inventor and owner of the Conant Thread Company in Pawtucket, R.I., Conant held 13 patents. Among them is a unique astronomical clock that kept solar and sidereal time, currently located in the Conant Library.

1874 1815 1915 2015

History in the Making

Lessons from an old poster

Lessons from an Old Poster from Dr. Edward Warren, Dean of Academic Affairs (1980-1997), Professor of History and Government (1973-2014)

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