All posts by Kathryn Malloy

A Recap of Women’s History Month

Over the last month, I’ve learned a lot. For starters, the month of March is Women’s History Month. Why was I unaware of this before? Throughout my years of public school, I am surprised that Women’s History Month was never mentioned. There were no special projects, movies or presentations in March about historical women leaders, those who fought for equality or led the way in discovery. Yet, I remember learning about the Industrial Revolution, the Civil War, and the Boston Tea Party: all important events in history yet no inclusion of the female gender.

This year, Nichols College celebrated Women’s History Month with two major events: March Forward and the Empowering Women in Business Conference.  March Forward took place on March 1st and was a celebration of our female alumni and what they have accomplished while on campus as students and in the professional world. The day began with a continental breakfast and networking, followed by a catered lunch and an alumnae panel.

The Empowering Women in Business Conference was phenomenal, with over 200 people in attendance. The conference began with a vendor exhibition and included a number of female business owners, both alumni and otherwise. The event attracted great interest, especially since the keynote speaker was television personality Amy Roloff. Amy’s family is the center of the television show, “Little People, Big World,” which has been airing on TLC since 2006. She spoke about her entrepreneurial efforts, including creating her own Mango-Pumpkin Salsa and buying a family farm. Her best advice to young female professionals is to “be the entrepreneur of you, take ownership of you.”  Amy’s speech was followed by a series of workshops, including Starting Your Own Business and Planning Your Financial Future. A light dinner was served, and vendor stations were revisited as the evening wound down. Some vendors included: Ellie & Me, Express Yourself Gifts, Arbonne, It Works! Body Wraps, and Wear Lex. The Institute for Women’s Leadership did a fantastic job coordinating these events that celebrated women’s history for both the campus and local community.

Women’s History Week began in March of 1981 and expanded into Women’s History Month officially by 1995. The push to create it was enormous, with backing from former President Jimmy Carter, the National Women’s History Project, and hundreds of thousands of individual supporters.

Each year, a new theme is chosen to represent that month’s efforts. This past month’s theme was “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives.” This theme presents the opportunity to integrate women’s stories- individually and collectively- into the essential fabric of our nation’s history.

In a way, this is also the approach that the Institute for Women’s Leadership took. By inviting alumnae and asking them to speak of their experiences, wins and losses, and gained knowledge, they imparted their valuable stories and information for all to hear and learn from. One thing is for sure: as a woman, I will face different challenges in the workplace. I may face discrimination based on my gender, but I will not let that stop me. To succeed, I must be the entrepreneur of myself and face adversity head on.

In the future, I hope that we will educate young girls about Women’s History Month. It is sad that women’s history is only remembered and celebrated one month a year. The strides that women have accomplished date back thousands of years and the stories are few and far between. It is an important topic in history, and its importance needs to be shared more with young girls and boys to teach them that women have made strides toward making the world a better place just as men have.

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Reconsidering the Fight Against Terror Event

On Tuesday, March 31st, the first “Fischer Fishbowl” coordinated by the Fischer Institute for Policy and Culture, took place in Daniels Auditorium. Students gathered to discuss the fight against terror.

Moderated by Professor Mike Neagle and Professor Boyd Brown, the discussion included a panel of six students, who rotated throughout the night. Students in the audience took notes and had the opportunity to share their views about terrorism. There was an hour and a half of insightful discussion, and students commented that they look forward to more Fischer Fishbowl discussions in the future.

Fight Against Terror

Cam Neely to Visit Nichols College on Wednesday April 1st

The Nichols College Student Government Association is excited to announce that Boston Bruins President Cam Neely will be visiting campus on April 1st at 6:30pm to speak to the Nichols College community. Neely is a former NHL player (Vancouver Canucks, Boston Bruins) active from 1983 to his retirement in 1996. Following his NHL retirement, Neely became Vice President of the Boston Bruins in 2007, and then was named President of the organization in 2010. The next season, the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup, beating the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 in the final game of the series.

Students will be able to purchase tickets beginning on Monday March 23rd for $1, and faculty and staff for $5 on Monday March 30th. There will be a limited amount of tickets available. All ticket proceeds will go to the Cam Neely

Additionally, the Student Government Association will be hosting contests for students, staff and faculty to win “meet and greet” passes. Be sure to keep an eye on the Nichols College Twitter account for more information!