Alumni & Friends Newsletter

December 2017 Newsletter
Connecting you to Newbury College and to one another

Farewell to Tracy Ricciardi

We must say farewell to our Alumni Relations Manager Tracy Ricciardi, who will be leaving Newbury at the end of 2017. She has a wonderful opportunity at Boston University and we know she will do well serving the BU community as she has served Newbury's community during 2017.  We will announce Tracy's replacement as soon as we can.  In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Clare McCully, Vice President for Advancement at or 617-730-7089.

Newbury Introduces Golf and Lacrosse

Newbury College will add men’s lacrosse and men’s golf to its athletics lineup in the New England Collegiate Conference. Lacrosse will begin competition with the spring 2019 season and the golf program will begin in fall 2018. The College recently approved adding the sports to its intercollegiate athletics program, which currently sponsors 17 intercollegiate sport programs.

David Rixham returned to Newbury as the Head Men’s Golf Coach and Sports Information Director on December 1. Rixham served as the part-time Nighthawk Sports Information Coordinator during the 2016-2017 academic year. He filled the role as Interim Sports Information Director at Emerson College for the last four months.

As a student-athlete, Rixham played four seasons of golf, captaining the Worcester State University team in his last two seasons. He has three career college victories, including the 2015 MASCAC Individual Championship, while leading the Lancers to the 2015 MASCAC team title; the first at Worcester State since 1984. Rixham also earned the NECC Freshman Golfer of the Year Award in 2009, playing for Becker College.

“I am excited to welcome Dave back to the Newbury family in a full-time role as Head Men’s Golf Coach and SID,” said Jonathan Harper, Newbury Athletic Director. “His passion for the game of golf and his knowledge of the Newbury student-athlete profile is a perfect fit as our next head golf coach. Bringing the men’s golf program back to Newbury gives our current and future students another opportunity to play at the Division III level.”

An immediate national search for the first Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach has commenced.

The Sport Management Program Launched New Podcast

In November, the Sport Management program premiered a student-run podcast, The Nest Podcast, which discusses and analyzes current events in the sports industry. The first episode also includes an interview with Dr. Brian Gordon, a sport management professor at the University of Kansas. Currently, six sports management students are involved in the production and facilitation of the podcast.

Dr. Porreca, Assistant Professor of Sport Management at Newbury, explained the podcast aims to get students more involved and allow them to utilize their skills in a real-life setting. He says, “The podcast provides the students with an opportunity to apply their learning and ability to critically think and discuss relevant sport topics in an organized setting. It is one thing to simply speak about sports, but the goal with the podcast is to talk about current happenings in the sport industry and be able to examine and analyze those events.”

Brandon Ray ’20 emphasized the influence of Dr. Porreca and Dr. Brimecombe: “They have helped and guided me down a path that I want to form into my career. They have taught me valuable lessons that have helped me succeed in the classroom and what will make me successful for my career, in hopes of becoming a sports broadcaster.”

Outdoor Scoreboard at Hellenic College

The 8th Annual Nighthawk Golf Tournament, which took place on October 2 at the prestigious TPC Boston, raised funds towards a new scoreboard for Hellenic Field. Newbury recently established a partnership to allow several college athletic teams to practice and play home games at the fields. We are excited to announce that the billboard will be installed and available for use for the Spring 2018 athletic season.

Light the Night & Thanksgiving Dinner

On Monday, November 20, the Newbury Community gathered to celebrate the holiday season and the end of the fall semester. The night began with the annual Light the Night ceremony. Faculty, staff, students, friends of the College and Nigel gathered at the Mitton House patio to celebrate the winter holidays.

Katie Audette ’18, SGA President, began the evening welcoming everyone and introducing President Joseph L. Chillo. “This is a wonderful event that allows us to gather as a community, to celebrate traditions and to officially light the campus as we prepare for the holiday season” said President Chillo. “The lighting of the campus symbolizes the coming together as a community.”

Four Newbury students took to the podium to speak on the various winter celebrations. Amonique Wint ’18 shared winter solstice, Alexandra Caruso ’19 shared Kwanzaa, Oscar Chavez ’20 (pictured) shared Hanukkah and Dylan Presby ’21 shared Christmas. 

Following the ceremony, everyone gathered in the dining hall for Thanksgiving Dinner. The buffet line stretched out the door as students, faculty, staff and friends filled their plates with turkey, potatoes, cranberry sauce, vegetables, macaroni and cheese, bread, pie and more.

President's Corner

Newbury is doing great things. As we close out 2017 and look ahead to 2018, we are looking to the future with excitement and enthusiasm. For the first time in the College’s history, Newbury was recognized as a Top 40 Best College in the North by U.S. News & World Report. This recognition of the College is well-deserved given our successes over the past four years. In just 48-months, Newbury has been on a transformative and strategic pathway to achieve academic excellence.

We have made improvements in our facilities – with the addition of the national award-winning Student Success Center, the Chawla Fitness Center, and the Connelly Family Outdoor Sport Court, just to name a few. We have made significant changes to our academic programs. By adding new majors and increasing the number of terminally-credentialed faculty, Newbury is ensuring that our mission-driven education is relevant and contemporary for this century. Our faculty have done an exceptional job in revising our Liberal Arts and Business Cores to ensure that every student has the necessary academic preparation to be successful in life and in their chosen profession. As we look to the future, we are committed to improving the classroom environment and challenging everyone at Newbury to continue to move the institution to a new level. 

This is an exciting time at Newbury as we have expanded our collaborative partnerships with domestic and international institutions. These partnerships have created opportunities for our students to enhance their educational experience. Last year, two of our students were selected for the prestigious Washington Center Seminar – which enabled our two students to attend the Political Conventions for the Democratic and Republican parties. We have also partnered with Regis College to extend graduate education opportunities and with the American University in Bulgaria for a study abroad program. This summer we will welcome 15 students from the UNIVA in Mexico for a summer program at Newbury. 

Creating a defining student experience has been at the center of the College’s Strategic Plan. As part of the plan, we have expanded our Athletic program and created a partnership with Hellenic College Holy Cross for a permanent home for Nighthawks Athletics. This new partnership created the opportunity to expand the College’s Athletic program by adding Women’s and Men’s Lacrosse, Golf, and we expect to add Field Hockey in the near future. Our Women’s Softball team continued their streak this year by, once again, being named #1 in the country for the highest GPA of all NCAA Division III institutions.

I encourage you to keep a watchful on eye on two developments in Washington. The new tax bill and the Higher Education Reauthorization Act as both items will have a tremendous affect on Newbury and our students. As a first generation college student myself, I am proud of the work that Newbury has done in creating access for thousands of students over the past 55 years. We make a difference in the lives of our students and their families. These two legislative acts will have a detrimental affect on both access and affordability for our students and for students around the country. This is the time that we should be expanding higher education and making certain that our graduates are prepared to help move their communities forward. By limiting access to education, we limiting the true potential of every individual. I believe that education makes a difference and I know first-hand the transformative power that education has had on my life and my family’s.

Finally, I want to thank our corporate partners, friends and donors of the College. With their financial support, we are making a difference in the lives of our students. As we look ahead, we plan to expand our classroom environment, add on-campus housing, and begin to explore graduate education. Newbury is charting a bold course for the future and we need your help. A small gift makes a big difference at an institution like Newbury – I can assure you of that. Please consider making a year-end gift and know that your gift is helping a student to achieve their dream of a college education.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season.


All the best,
Dr. Joseph L. Chillo

Annual Fund

In the last year, we have raised almost $10,000 towards the $25,000 reconstruction of the “Alumni Patio,” and we must complete the effort to ensure that the patio can be transformed in the spring of 2018. The square tiles that currently make up the patio will be replaced with bluestone pavers and granite block edges. The patio will also feature the Newbury seal: a gift from the Class of 2017.

The opportunity to contribute to the patio is a privilege that is ONLY available to Newbury College Alumni. A $25 donation purchases a bluestone paver and a $100 donation purchases your name to be engraved on the granite block edges. Donations can be made at

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Why do you love Newbury? 
Newbury is a small community. I loved the location, living on campus, and the small class size. A continued feeling of "family" has followed me since Graduation!

What does being a Newbury College Graduate mean to you?
Newbury means hospitality. I learned so much about the business from the college! From classmates, students, classes, and opportunities it gave me!

Why do you donate to the Annual Fund?
I see the growth and change the school has gone through, and look forward to the future!

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