All posts by Caitlyn O'Loughlin

Nichols College Excelling Ice Hockey Programs

Nichols College Men’s Ice Hockey had not only a successful season on the ice but in academics as well. The men’s ice hockey team saw 14 student-athletes named to the 2014-15 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Northeast Academic All-Conference Team. For a student-athlete to be named to the ALL-Conference team, he or she has to earn a 3.0 GPA or higher for the semester.

The men’s ice hockey team had an amazing season this year. Going to the games became one of my favorite things to do from November to March. The excitement from the crowds was a good enough reason to attend. In addition, the fact that the team was back-to-back ECAC champions increased the level of excitement for the championship game and is something to be remembered. It was incredible to watch the entire team celebrate on the ice, and see some of the guys that I have been friends with for four years so happy.

The women’s ice hockey team also had a successful season with the majority of the team being placed on the Academic All-Conference Team. Eleven players on the Nichols College Women’s Ice Hockey team received the distinction, which was an increase from last year’s eight players. The hockey program here at Nichols has been excelling during these past two years, and as a student it has been a pleasure to watch these two teams succeed.

To read the full articles on the students being named to the 2014-15 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Northeast Academic All-Conference Team, visit:


Hospitality Management Class Hosts Five 15-40 Connection Events

For those of you who are not aware of the 15-40 Connection, Nichols College will be hosting many events to raise awareness. The 15-40 Connection is empowering individuals with knowledge that will save and improve lives through early cancer detection. Cancer survival rates in teens and young adults (ages 15 to 40) have barely improved since 1975 in a large part because a delay in diagnosis allows time for cancer to progress to more advanced stages.

Bryant Richard’s Hospitality class will be conducting many events, such as a live survival panel to a dodge ball tournament, as their way for raising awareness about the 15-40 Connection. There will be five student-run events happening on campus. All of these events will be showcasing a different aspect of the 15-40 Connection. Make sure to stop in and participate in one or more!


Past Events

* November 9th – 2pm to 5pm: Dodge Delayed Diagnosis (Dodge Ball competition), Athletic Center

* November 12th – 3:30pm to 6pm: Health is Wealth Hoedown, Fels

Upcoming Events

*November 13th – 4pm to 7pm: The Hunt is on for Awareness (Scavenger Hunt); kickoff and debrief in Fels lounge

* November 18th – 7pm: Love the Skin You Are In, Daniels Auditorium

* November 19th – 7pm: Check yourself before you Wreck Yourself: Survivor Panel, Fels main lounge

Hunger for Social Change Inspired by Visit from Food Recovery Network Founder

On Tuesday night, October 22nd, more than 250 Nichols students jammed Daniels Auditorium where they heard the success story of Ben Simon, who shared how and why he created the Food Recovery Network–a revolutionary organization that transfers tons of unused food from almost 100 universities to local non-profits who serve the hungry.

Simon really lit a fire in the first year Nichols College students who are taking a new required course in leadership. Although expected to attend the event, the first year students flocked to Simon following his speech.

In his opening remarks, Simon noted that as much as 40% of food prepared in homes, restaurants, and institutions goes to waste while one in six Americans goes hungry. He passed around an oversized sweet potato to reinforce his point that 20% of fruits and vegetables never leave the farm because they may not look appealing to shoppers.

Simon explained that he and some college friends started the Food Recovery Network when they realized how much food was simply thrown away from the dining halls at the University of Maryland, where he graduated last spring. “We couldn’t believe this food was going to waste while so many people in the community were struggling with hunger,” he recalled.

In the first semester of operation, the Food Recovery Network donated 15,000 pounds of food to local organizations that distributed it to the hungry. Last year, the number of participating colleges jumped from 22 to 98. Over the past three years, the group has donated almost 500,000 pounds of food to participating organizations.

Simon’s vision is to double that number in 2015, and he hopes to start a chapter at Nichols–where leadership opportunities in community service abound. Speaking of leadership, Simon says…

  • “One of the most important qualities of leadership is to be positive and resilient.”
  • “No business ever springs to life without hitting challenges.” (Alluding to his own failed start-up of a social and political network early in his college career. That failure cost him and his backers–mostly family and friends–$80,000, he calculated.)
  • “Embrace ‘epic fails’. It feels bad when your idea doesn’t work out but I wouldn’t have traded that experience for the world.”

His best advice: “Get started early. Throw yourself into something while you’re still a freshman. There’s a learning curve to leadership.”