Orientation 2014 – FAQ

When is Summer Orientation 2014?

  • Session A                 Wednesday & Thursday                 June 18/19
  • Session B                 Saturday & Sunday                          June 21/22
  • Session C                 Tuesday  & Wednesday                 June 24/25
  • Session D                 Monday                                              July 14           (Transfer Students)
  • Fall Opening             Friday-Sunday                                  August 22-25

Incoming Nichols College students only need to attend one Summer Orientation session. We ask that the student be present for the duration of the session and actively participate in all activities. Late arrivals and early dismissals are not allowed due to the group experience.

When should we plan to arrive on campus for a session?
Arrival and Registration is schedule between 9:00am-10:00am of the first day of your session. If you are traveling from a distance of more than 4 hours, you may call the Center for Student Involvement at 508.213.2112 to request an arrival date the evening prior to your Summer Orientation session. Unfortunately, we can only offer overnight accommodations to students and will not be able to accommodate families or guests.

Students may drive themselves to Orientation. Please note that students are not permitted to depart campus until the completion of the Orientation schedule on their second day at approximately 1:00p.m.

How do I register for Summer Orientation?
On May 14, 2014 at 12:00pm, Summer Orientation will be accessible via the Nichols College homepage. Click the link on the left side of the homepage and that will bring you to our EventBrite registration page-with the updated link!

Should I register for my classes prior to arriving at Orientation?
We highly encourage students to register for their classes prior to arriving for their Summer Orientation session. This will enable our academic advisors to better serve our students during the advising session on Day 2 of the Orientation session. As an added bonus, any student who registers ahead of time will be entered to win a $100 gift card.  If you do not register ahead of time, incoming students will have the opportunity to do so during their session.


What if I have food allergies?

Sodexo Dining Services can accommodate any and all dietary requests. Please let us know ahead of time, and we will be sure to offer suitable meals at each dining time. Summer Orientation is also a great time to get to know the Dining Hall layout and Sodexo staff.


I have questions about Financial Aid, playing a sport or any other service at Nichols College, will they be available?

All offices will either be presenting to Students and Guests or available at our Student Services fair. Most departments will be available for private appointments. Coaches will be available throughout the day to speak to incoming students and their guests.


What should students bring to campus?


  • Printed copy of your class schedule (if you have preregistered)
  • Linens (sheets and/or sleeping bag, blankets, pillows)
  • Towels and washcloth
  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothpaste etc.)
  • Casual dress (comfortable shoes, sneakers)
  • Spending money (meals are included but you may want to purchase snacks or Nichols College  apparel)

Where can I get more information?

The Center for Student Involvement




Bolt 18 Info

Group photo of the BOLT18 leaders on the front steps of the Fels Center

Amanda HaleyName: Amanda Haley
Hometown: Tolland, CT
Class Year: 2017
Major: Hospitality Management
Twitter Handle: @ahaleyy
Fun Fact: I’ve been dancing for 17 years and I’m on the dance team.
Why you love Nichols: Close knit community & always made me feel welcome.


Andrew HaasName: Andrew Haas
Hometown: Whitinsville, MA
Class Year: 2015
Major: Business Communication
Twitter Handle: @Andrew_Haas5
Fun Fact: I like hamburgers medium-well.
Why you love Nichols: I love the networking opportunities and how anyone can make a difference on the campus.


Bryan MacDonaldName: Bryan MacDonald
Hometown: Southington, CT
Class Year: 2016
Major: Psychology
Twitter Handle: @TheMacDaddy74
Fun Fact: I love home design.
Why you love Nichols: I love Nichols because of the people and the opportunities that are offered to me.


Rachel DalrympleName: Rachel Dalrymple
Hometown: Belvidere, NJ
Class Year: 2015
Major: Sport Management
Twitter Handle: @rachdalrymple
Fun Fact: I live on a farm.
Why you love Nichols: We are a close-knit family where everyone wants to see you succeed


Malcolm ThomasName: Malcolm Thomas
Hometown: Hamden, CT
Class Year: 2016
Major: Marketing
Twitter Handle: @malky112
Fun Fact: I am an uncle of 11 nieces and nephews.
Why you love Nichols: The small tight-knit community.


Stephen DavisName: Steve Davis
Hometown: Southbury, CT
Class Year: 2017
Major: Business Communication
Twitter Handle: @SteveRockyDavis
Fun Fact: I’m the fastest runner on the cross country/track team.
Why you love Nichols: I have met so many amazing people here.


Taylor EloiName: Taylor Eloi
Hometown: Tewksbury, MA
Class Year: 2016
Major: Criminal Justice Management
Twitter Handle: @t_eloi12
Fun Fact: I love to meet new people and I talk way too much.
Why you love Nichols: I love how homey it is, everyone is so friendly. The professors are amazing and want to get to know you.


Reilly FlahertyName: Reilly Flaherty
Hometown: Bellingham, MA
Class Year: 2017
Major: Sports Management
Twitter Handle: @_ReillyKaren
Fun Fact: My favorite flavor of ice cream is bubblegum.
Why you love Nichols: How small and close everyone is.


Bradley MintonName: Bradley Minton
Hometown: Dudley, MA
Class Year: 2015
Major: Information Technology Management & Management
Twitter Handle: @bradley_minton
Fun Fact: Originally from southwest Georgia.
Why you love Nichols: The opportunities that you have here is like nowhere else.


Mackenzie ScheerName: Mackenzie Scheer
Hometown: Framingham, MA
Class Year: 2016
Major: Human Resource Management
Twitter Handle: @Mack_Scheer
Fun Fact: I’ve never drank soda.
Why you love Nichols: You’re not just a number!


Hayley DonahueName: Hayley Donahue
Hometown: Medford, MA
Class Year: 2017
Major: Accounting
Twitter Handle: @hayleydonahue
Fun Fact: I’ve never watched Gossip Girl.
Why you love Nichols: It has so much to offer, and the environment is so friendly and comforting.


Taylor PonsName: Taylor Pons
Hometown:  Framingham, MA
Class Year: 2015
Major: Criminal Justice Management
Twitter Handle: @taylor_pons
Fun Fact: I saw Celine Dion perform in Las Vegas.
Why you love Nichols: I love the cheerleading team!


Connor FountainName: Conor Fountain
Hometown: Laconia, NH
Class Year: 2016
Major: General Business
Twitter Handle: @cfountain12
Fun Fact: I transferred from SNHU and I love soccer.
Why you love Nichols: I love Nichols because it’s small, the campus is electric, and there are a lot of clubs to get involved in.


Patrick HoeyName: Patrick Hoey
Hometown: Auburn, MA
Class Year: 2015
Major: Marketing
Twitter Handle: @PHoey15
Fun Fact: I am an Eagle Scout and the SGA President.
Why you love Nichols: I love the small community here, and the classroom sizes are great,  providing many opportunities for  one on one time with professors. Everyone that I know that has gone to Nichols has been successful. So I know Nichols is preparing me for the real world, and the list goes on.


Carmen GarciaName: Carmen Garcia
Hometown: West Springfield, MA
Class Year: 2017
Major: Criminal Justice Management
Twitter Handle: @cagsys
Fun Fact: Field Hockey Goalie.
Why you love Nichols: The small community is great.


Thais ValadaresName: Thais Valadares
Hometown: Marlborough, MA
Class Year: 2017
Major: Criminal Justice Management
Twitter Handle: @_thaisv
Fun Fact: I was born in Brazil.
Why you love Nichols: It’s such a close community. You form bonds with teammates, classmates and even teachers. Someone always has your back!


Danny BufisName: Daniel Bufis
Hometown: Linden, NJ
Class Year: 2016
Major: Sport Management
Twitter Handle: @Booo_FFiiss
Fun Fact: I eat many kinds of foods.
Why you love Nichols: I love Nichols because of the small community, business environment, and the athletics.


Irving EgglestonName: Irving Eggleston Jr.
Hometown: Norwich, CT
Class Year: 2016
Major: Accounting & Sport Management
Twitter Handle: @RisingStar2016
Fun Fact: I hate chocolate.
Why you love Nichols: I love the small campus and the personal relationships with the faculty.


Costa Rica: Crime, Culture & Consequence

On Friday, April 25, at 4:00pm in Daniels Auditorium, a presentation will be given by a group of students who went to Costa Rica over winter break. The maximum capacity for this event is 160 so be sure to get there early. Hors d’oeuvres will be served, specifically coconut balls, a cultural dessert the students learned to prepare while in Costa Rica.

From January 5 – 12, ten students visited Costa Rica as an elective part of the course called Crime, Culture, and Consequence. This trip, led by Professors Kimberly Charbonneau and Boyd Brown, allowed students to explore not just the culture of Costa Rica but the justice system as well. The majority of students attending were juniors and seniors, but a few sophomores were allowed to go in order to have the full ten students required. Each student was a Criminal Justice major or minor.

The day of travel to get to Costa Rica proved frustrating but students managed to keep in perspective that this trip was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Repeated mechanical issues kept their plane delayed for a five-hour stretch, only to be continued by a two-hour stretch. The decision was made to postpone the welcome dinner planned, and students accepted food vouchers from the airline instead. Not to worry — a welcome lunch was given the following day, and Professor Brown gave a beautiful speech.

Once the group from Nichols College finally arrived, they settled in their rooms and got ready for an adventure. After a quick look around, the students realized they stuck out like sore thumbs — they were the only people in shorts! Apparently, in Costa Rica, shorts are not commonly worn. Other glaring differences between our two cultures were the use of toilet paper — which is thrown away and not flushed — and the use of broken bottles embedded in fences for added home security. Also, children stay in the home until marriage. Of course there are many differences between every culture, but these things were immediately noticed by traveler Skye Oliver, who was good enough to share not just her experience with the Bison Chronicles but her pictures as well.

Even in the middle of a large city, the students were struck by how quiet everything was. There were no blaring sirens and horns. The city was completely calm — how unlike our cities here in America! A peaceful attitude was evident all through Costa Rica. The country men and women were hospitable, laid back, and very open to the tourists. While walking around one day, Skye was given the peace sign by a man riding a motorcycle. Just one human being projecting peace and kindness to another.

Group photo

The food was enjoyed mightily on the trip. Salsa and tomatoes were big in the culture and heavily utilized at a cooking class given by a woman named Carolina, friend of tour guide Ania. This was an event the students enjoyed. The rice was spiced unlike it is commonly done here in America and was enjoyed by all. For breakfast, toast was served with fruits, rice, and beans. The students were there to learn but they also were allowed a trip to the Arenal volcano, a tour of a coffee estate, a zip-lining excursion, and their last day was spent on the beach while Spider monkeys chattered above in the trees. Bonds were formed on this trip, a once-in-a-lifetime experience that these ten students and two professors will now share forever.

Working as a group

A day in the court house provided the students with an inside look at how the justice system in Costa Rica works. Defendants choose which questions they do and do not answer. Yes, you read that right. Defendants are given the right to determine what they will offer for information through questioning. The judge was informal, speaking on her phone and braiding her hair through the start of the trial. A lawyer, German, invited the students back to his office and was very welcoming, preparing for the students and making them feel right at home. One interesting thing they learned is that once, 383 prisoners were released from prison on the same day. One of the prisoners committed a murder that day, and all 383 were hauled right back to the prison. Now that is a difference of culture!

All in all, this was a trip where students learned non-stop. If you are a student here at Nichols, or a student considering Nichols, please be aware that the college offers amazing opportunities for student learning. Trips sponsored by International Studies Abroad are common here at Nichols, so do not be afraid to ask.

Produced by Nichols College Students for the Nichols Community.