Bison Profile: Ashley Dallaire ‘18


Ashley Dallaire is a senior general business major concentrating in marketing, management, and business communications. She is highly involved on campus as captain of the women’s tennis team, an Emerging Leaders Program member, the health and fitness coordinator, member of the honors program and the Delta Mu Delta and Zeta Alpha Phi Honors societies, a Student Alumni Society member, and an intern for the Nichols College Office of Marketing and Communications.

It sounds like I know what I’m doing right?


I have been through a lot since my first year here at Nichols College, and if it weren’t for the experiences I have had or the people I have met here, I would not be the person I am today.

How did I get to Nichols College, you may ask? The final decision came down to money, sports, and family. I got the most financial aid from Nichols; the sports teams are Division III, so I could play both hockey and tennis; it was far enough away from my house, but close enough so that if I wanted to go home I could; and when I did my overnight I felt like I had been catching up with old friends. The tennis team truly welcomed me as one of their own, and I felt at home.

As a first-year student at Nichols, you have to take Learning to Lead, which is a class that focuses on building the leader you are. I never viewed myself as a leader, since in my mind leaders were always the outgoing, loud, and popular people—and I was not any of those things.

One day, Associate Dean for Business and Professor Luanne Westerling came up to me after class and told me she thought I would be a great fit for this new program called the Emerging Leaders Program. I was so confused but excited at the same time.

Me, a leader?

Accepting to be in the Emerging Leaders Program changed who I was. I felt confident in my leadership abilities—and in me. It didn’t matter that I was not your typical leader, because actually there are so many different types of leaders! It was then that I wanted to be a part of everything I could on campus.

From my first year to my senior year, I have been a student panelist on the Institute for Women’s Leadership Board, a student ambassador for Admissions, went on a leadership trip to Walt Disney World, played on the track and field team, and, in 2016, my team won our conference championship for tennis.

Yes, being involved is something I highly recommend because that is the only way you truly learn about yourself. But, it is like anything else in the world—everything in moderation. I was so busy to the point where I was missing the social part of college—and, more importantly, I was not producing my best work.

Fast forward to today: I have found what I love to do, which is marketing and public relations, having a blast with my friends and family, and being on the right track to a potential job offer after graduation.

Because of my experiences and opportunities presented to me at Nichols College, I was able to land an internship over winter break with The Silent Partner Marketing in Manchester, Conn., and I could not be more excited to learn more about what I love to do.

Life isn’t about finding yourself, it is about creating yourself; everything we do, we do because we are building who we are and the life we want to live.

Attending Nichols College was the best thing I could have ever done for myself.

Nichols Community Experiences Sounds of Himalayan Fusion Music


Nichols College students, faculty, and staff got to enjoy beautiful Nepali folk music on their lunch break Wednesday, Oct. 11, in Fels Student Center. The band, Himalayan Fusion Mantra, performed at Nichols thanks to Professor Prajjwal Panday and the Office for International Engagement (OIE).

When attendees walked into Fels Lounge that afternoon, they saw five members of this band with not-your-average instruments. If that didn’t spark their intrigue, then the musicians’ hats would have, for sure. When they began to play their music, the hustle and bustle of WOW-goers at lunch suddenly fell to a dull. The music was so peaceful and relaxing; it was if you were meditating on the high mountains in Nepal. The sounds were similar to the sounds played during a yoga or meditation class.

The band mixes a variety of musical minds, sharing the same interest of music. Shyam Nepali, Ranjan Budhathoki, Nandu Sankhar, Ujjwal Dhaubhadel, and Sushil each offer something unique to the group. Nepali is the engine, mastermind, and founder of the band. He directs the musicians and also shares his knowledge to enhance the sound of the band. Budhathoki is a pioneer Nepali musician who plays the flute, sings, and is founder of another band, Suseli.

Sankhar is the band’s hidden gem. Not only does his warm presence add to the soul of the music, but he also plays an interesting instrument called the Tabala. This generates that Asian taste to the rhythm; his rhythm is the platform where his fellow musicians play around. Dhaubhadel has new talent and an unorthodox style that is the band’s X-factor. He’s in the band because he wants to promote and excel the new music market with traditional techniques.

The fifth band member, Sushil, is a rhythm guitarist. Originally, he loved playing rock ‘n’ roll because of the energy and the young crowd it drew but he said, “I love playing rock fusion music. The taste is different in the fusion rather than rock and the blues. I joined this group to play a different style as well as mainly to preserve Nepali music.”

Unaware of the culture and what the music represents, Professor Panday explained,” We recently had one of our biggest festivals, Dashain, which is like Thanksgiving except it is celebrated for 15 days. We also have another one coming up which is Deepawali, or the Festival of Lights. The music the group played today is typically played during this festive occasion.”

Before the band performed, Nepali said that the music is supposed to give good karma.

Now how did this passionate group of Nepali musicians make its way to Nichols? You can thank Professor Panday for that.

“I met the group when I was attending a Nepalese festival in Boston where they were performing. As soon as I heard them, I was trying to find a way to get them to Nichols so I could share our Nepalese traditional music and culture with the community here,” he said.

Professor Panday loves his culture and wanted to share its beauty with the community he works in. This is one of the amazing things Nichols does for its community; whether you are a student or faculty member, Nichols will help you express yourself and share something that is important to you. It was fun to listen and learn about a culture that you may not have ever even known about.

For more events like this please visit the Fischer Institute at the Office for International Engagement in Fels 314.

Ashley Dallaire is a senior at Nichols College, where she majors in general business with concentrations in marketing, business communications, and management. She also interns for the College’s Office of Marketing and Communications.

Preview of Campus Rec. Pub Night

This Friday, October 13th from 6-10pm in the Fels Lounge, Campus Rec. will be hosting their first ever Pub Night! Now don’t let the date stop you from coming, because this will be unlike any pub night you’ve ever been to!

Yes, there will be food, drinks, and music like your regular pub night, but Campus Rec. will be holding tournaments in tailgate games like corn hole, Kan jam, as well as new games like Chippo and Bean Bag Bucketz.

Check out Chippo and Bean Bag Bucketz on YouTube!

The best thing is you do not have to be 21 to participate, as alcoholic drinks will start at 8pm! There will be giveaways, prizes, raffles, and more! Come tailgate with us before your Friday night.

Produced by the Bison for the Nichols College Community