Second Annual President for a Day


On Tuesday, March 29, Nichols College held it’s 2nd Annual President for a Day, where President Engelkemeyer and an undergraduate student switched roles for an entire day to experience a day on the hill in a different light. After President Engelkemeyer and the application committee reviewed all the candidates, they were pleased to announce Irving Eggleston as the winner.

“I wanted to be president for a day because I was really interested in finding out what the president’s day-to-day tasks really entail. The average student sees the president at graduation handing out diplomas or at alumni and sporting events on campus, but there’s much more that goes into her position,” says Eggleston.

“The Committee and I enjoyed reviewing the applications and the selection was a difficult one. I’m excited to work with Irving and to switch roles with him on the 29th,” President Engelkemeyer explained.

Irving Eggleston is a double major in accounting and sport management and will be graduating this May. He started the day by giving a presentation to the president’s council highlighting three things he would change on campus. His suggestions included extending the dining hall hours, creating a shuttle service to local plazas around the Webster and Dudley areas for students who don’t have vehicles, and creating an annual spirit week in the fall semester that students and faculty could participate in.

While Eggleston took on the responsibilities of the president, she too had a busy day. President Engelkemeyer attended Irving’s Political Science class at 9:25am, Governmental & Non-Profit Accounting at 10:50am, and Prophets, Guides, and Gurus at 12:15pm. Shortly after, she headed to Irving’s residence hall, Copper Beech, where she spent time with his roommates playing video games and getting to know Irving’s day-to-day routine.

“I love the President for a Day Program.  For me, it provides an opportunity to get to know more students through the classes and activities that are a part of their day.  In the classrooms, I learned how to meditate, how to determine the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations with respect to their stated focus, and details about the electoral college that I didn’t know.” President Engelkemeyer explained.

Irving learned that the president is a main factor in Nichols rapid improvement over the years due to her ability to successfully handle so many different things all at once. From handling residence life situations, to giving presentations highlighting the new renovations happening on campus, she still makes time for the students and is always willing to listen.

“I would highly recommend students to apply to become the president for a day because of the experience you gain as well as the knowledge you take away from it. I was able to get every question that I’ve ever had here answered in one day, which is something that should entice students to apply in the years to come,” said Eggleston.

Outstanding Students Recognized at Academic Awards Ceremony


On April 19th, students, friends, parents, and professors gathered in Daniels Auditorium to celebrate the Academic Awards Ceremony. Professor Luanne Westerling started with a speech welcoming everyone present and expressing pride for the award-winning students.

The first awards presented were the Edwin L. Hubbard Faculty Scholarships granted to Haroutiun Christopher Sarkisian and Karen Velasco. Following were several department awards and scholarships. Erica Milosh received the English Department award for exceptional contributions to the English Department. Lindsay O’Connell received the Mathematics Department award for excellence in Mathematics.

Professor Armstrong presented the Accounting scholarships. Steven Moutsoulas was awarded the Massachusetts Association of Accountants Scholarship, Raymond Pelter was awarded with the John F. Birch Memorial award, and Martin F. Fletcher received the Class of ’55 John Katori Endowed Scholarship.

Many other honors were granted to students such as the Daniel L. Van Leuvan Memorial Scholarship for education to Zachary Walker. Dr. Gil-Vasquez awarded the Professor Keith Corkum Endowed Scholarships in Economics to Thomas Horner and Matthew Marcantonio. She noted that these two men should be proud considering how difficult it is to love Economics.

The James L. Dunbar Endowed Scholarship in Criminal Justice Management and the ASIS Conference Scholarships were awarded to four students; Stephen Chlapowski, Michael Cutrer, Megan Faulkner, and Carmen Garcia. The James C. Gahan IV Endowed Scholarship was received by Alexandra Vojtila.

Dr. Kellie Deys then presented the Honors Scholar Certificates to twenty-four seniors. These honors students have maintained a 3.2 or above GPA throughout their college experience and have completed seven special honors courses.

Director of the Academic Resource Center, Marissa Loon, presented the Academic Peer Tutor Certifications to 26 student tutors. Level one certifications were awarded to thirteen students and ten students received level two certifications. The level three certification was given to Ben Davis, Jamie Miglionico, and Katelyn Tupaj.

The First-Year PDS Teaching Assistant Award was accepted by Amber Tariq for her bright and positive teaching style and constant availability to students in the course. Following was the presentation of the Peregrine Business Examination Certificates for outstanding scores on the exam. The certificates were awarded to Ben Davis, Cory Forrest Grenon, and Aimee Maldonado.

Professor Paul Lambert inducted four students into the Phi Alpha Theta national honor society for high student achievement in the study of history. The latest inductees were Matthew Campbell, Jacob Foley, Brendan Martin, Riley Tebbetts.

After all the accolades had been awarded to each deserving student, Professor Westerling closed the ceremony with final congratulatory remarks and welcomed the attendees to stay, mingle, and enjoy some refreshments.

Congratulations to all award recipients and honor society inductees!

Battle of the Chefs challenge brings unique cuisine to campus


On April 6th, Nichols College hosted the 4th annual Battle of the Chefs competition in Lombard dining hall. This pro chef throw down was sponsored by Sodexo. Nichols College, Assumption College, Framingham State University (FSU), University of Bridgeport, and University of New Haven (UNH) each had at least one chef representing their campus.

Three teams were formed for the competition and a required protein was chosen for each team. Chef Bob Andersen of Nichols College was partnered with a chef from FSU. Together they created a grilled marinated squid with fire roasted heirloom tomatoes. University of Bridgeport worked with UNH to cook up Cajun bacon gator meatballs with cilantro garlic aioli and Cajun fried plantains. Nichols executive chef Michael Heenan was partnered with Assumption College and produced ostrich chimichangas with pico Spanish rice and queso blanco.

Nichols students were a little skeptical about the strange entrees, but with the help of emcees PJ Boggio, Janet Newman, and Nora Cavic, most students were convinced to try the exotic food. The announcers kept the dining hall involved in the lunchtime competition by cracking jokes and telling fun facts about food.

“What is a chefs favorite HBO show?” asked PJ. “Game of Scones!”

After students and faculty tried all of the dishes, their votes were submitted and counted at the end of lunch. Early on in the competition it was clear that the dining hall favorites were the ostrich chimichangas and gator meatballs.

All three dishes were tasty, but there was a clear winner. The squid was seasoned perfectly, but I didn’t much care for the green tomato. The gator meatball was decent, but the aioli and plantains were really the best part of that dish. I liked everything about the ostrich chimichanga; although the meat was a tad gamey it worked well in the burrito and the rice and queso added great complementary flavors.

After the votes had been counted, Nichols College’s Michael Heenan and his partner Mitchell Pino of Assumption College were deemed the winners of the cook-off for their delicious ostrich chimichangas with pico Spanish rice and queso blanco.

Resident Dining Manager, Laura Luna, explained that this year the teams are comprised of professional chefs from surrounding colleges. In the past, the competition has featured solely student teams or teams that match up professionals with students. The participants and pairings vary from year to year.

The winners of this year’s competition were awarded a trophy and bragging rights.


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