Bison Pride is strong on the Hill!


Last weekend the Nichols College men’s basketball team made history by sweeping up their first ever Championship title. The Nichols College basketball team played an incredible game against the Endicott gulls! Playing an outstanding game right up until the very end, finishing with a close score of 67-64 and Nichols came in with the win! This championship game marked an 11-game win streak for the champions!

Bison pride was sure present two Saturday’s ago. With a jam-packed gym of students, staff and faculty as well as the cheerleaders and dance team to cheer the team on, the energy surrounding the gymnasium was incredible! The main highlight of the game was a three-point shot by sophomore Marcos Echevarria as he scored in the last minute and got us the win!

Check out the video below to see all the Bison Pride at the game!

Men’s Basketball CCC Championship Video

Shoutout Aims to Stump Sophomore Slump


The second Sophomore Shoutout took place on Feb. 15 in the athletic center, and more than two hundred second-year students were joined by thirty alumni and school faculty. The goal of the evening event focused on exposing students to opportunities they could pursue in their junior and senior years, and to hear alumni experiences from during and after college.

Students were seated in a formal setting, with approximately six students per table, each with their own alumni. Throughout the evening, four rounds of alumni moved to the stage in the center of the tables to answer prompts and provide personal stories of hardships and successes.

In between the speakers, students would rotate to four other tables and have the opportunity to speak to the alumni at each table for ten minutes. The personal setting allowed for students to ask questions one-on-one without addressing their concerns in front of the crowd.

The alumni ranged from recent undergraduates to MBA graduates. Legacies Patrick Hoey `15 and Sean Hoey `16 attended to represent John Hancock and State Street, respectively. Also in attendance were alumni who had received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Nichols – Nick DePasquale `14/`15, Stefany Mendez `13/`16, and Jennifer Zajac `08/`14.

Alumni selection was determined by a committee of Career and Professional Development staff and Mauri Pelto, who suggested and developed the event. Pelto, Nichols Vice President for Academic Affairs, envisioned an interactive event to push second-year students through the “sophomore slump”.

All students enrolled in Sophomore PDS (Professional Development Seminar) were required to attend, with the intent that all students would walk away feeling energized towards their long-term academic and career goals.

“The goal was to increase their confidence, and celebrate making it this far.” Pelto revealed. “This kind of event hits the spectrum of all majors, and puts them in the mindset of building their future careers.”

Love Your Melon!

By Jenna McAssey `19

Love your melon is one of the newest organizations to start here on the Nichols campus!

“Our goal is to make sure every child with cancer has a warm hat to wear, with love,” said Hayley Gillen. Hayley is a Senior here at Nichols with a major in General Business, she is the Nichols College’s campus leader of Love Your Melon (an organization which raises money for pediatric cancer) here at Nichols College.

Introduced last semester to Nichols, students wrote more than 500 Christmas cards in December to a little boy suffering from Leukemia whose only wish was to receive as many Christmas cards as possible. The campus crew includes 14 Nichols College Students, who are devoted to spreading cancer awareness around campus. The crew members here at Nichols are Gina Petruzzi, Amanda Hayley, Jenna McAssey Marissa Piedmont, Hayley Gillen, Kim Hoyt, Monica Pucko, Sara Dodd. Jennie Banks, Kara Donati, Emily Sgueglia, Joyce Salles, Julie Montesdecoa, and Jess Melanson.

Love Your Melon was founded in 2012 by two students at the University of St. Thomas in Missouri, Zachary Quinn and Brian Keller. They created Love Your Melon as a class project, and before they knew it, the company took off. It started as a “buy one, give one,” business. For each hat bought, one was given to a child with cancer. Eventually, so many children were receiving hats, that they began donating 50 percent of their profits to cancer research.

Over the past couple months, the organization has expanded and now sells different types of hats, clothing, and other accessories. Over 40 colleges and universities have chapters and have taken part in spreading awareness about pediatric cancer.

Nichols College students have thus far bought more than 50 hats, donating over $1,000 to cancer research efforts. Go to to get your hat today, or find the Nichols campus crew at their next event in March! In March they will be hosting a donut event, and any student that follows them on social media will receive a donut in return!

Be sure to follow @ncloveyourmelon on both twitter and Instagram!


Produced by the Bison for the Nichols College Community