Alumni & Friends Newsletter

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

Alumni Patio

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 Watch your mail for the Annual Fund Appeal in mid-November and please give as generously as you can!

Nighthawk Golf Tournament

On October 2, members of the Newbury Community traveled to TPC Boston for the 8th annual Nighthawk Golf Tournament. This year’s tournament was especially exciting because TPC Boston, located in Norton, Ma., is the only PGA Tour Facility in Massachusetts.

Over 70 golfers, including multiple foursomes of alumni, participated in the event and helped raise more than $72,000 to support Nighthawk Athletics. This year, the Golf Tournament raised money towards a new scoreboard for the field at Hellenic College, which recently became available for Newbury’s use. Details to follow for the grand unveiling at the spring semester’s outdoor games!

Homecoming Weekend

On Sunday, October 22nd, the Newbury Community came together in celebration of Newbury College’s Second Annual Homecoming. The event was sponsored by the Alumni Relations Office, Newbury College Sport Management Program, the Newbury College Student Government Association, and the Office of Student Involvement.

On an unbelievable summer-like day, more than 90 people participated in the 5K run/walk. Following the race, the Newbury Community gathered in the courtyard for a tailgate for a BBQ and lawn games. Thank you to our sponsors: Samuel Adams Brewery, Newburyport Brewing Company, and Downeast Cider House.

This year’s event doubled the amount of funds raised from the 2016 Homecoming Event to more than $2300! We’re looking forward to seeing you all next year at the Third Annual Homecoming Event! 

Career Panel

Seven alumni participated in this year’s Human Services Career panel, which took place on October 17. The panel highlighted the number of career opportunities for students who study human service concentrations. Professions represented included a Director of Development for Hildebrand Family Self-Help Center, a Recruiting Coordinator at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and a Case Manager Associate for Boston Children’s Hospital Case Management Center.

Panelists discussed the highlights of their own career paths as well as advice for the student attendees. Stephanie Conlon ‘10 stated, “One of the best pieces of advice I’ve received is that one of two things should happen: your career should be changing you or you should be changing your career...don’t be afraid to close doors to open new ones.”

The career panel series will be continuing into the Spring 2018 semester with panels focusing on careers in arts and sciences and business and marketing. If you are interested in participating, please contact Tracy Ricciardi at

Save the Date - Fifth Annual Light the Night

The 5th Annual Light the Night Ceremony will take place on Monday, November 20th. The ceremony, which celebrates the holiday season, features speakers discussing Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the Winter Solstice. A Thanksgiving meal will follow this year’s ceremony.

If you are interested in returning to campus for this wonderful event, please contact Tracy Ricciardi at

President's Speaker Series

On Thursday, October 26, Dr. Aaron Tillman spoke to the Newbury Community as part of the Fall President’s Speaker Series. He read an excerpt from his recently published collection of short stories, Every Single Bone in My Brain followed by a discussion of his work and writing career. Students, faculty and staff gathered in AC119, listening and laughing as Dr. Tillman read his story ‘High Holy Days.’ 

Throughout the event, Dr. Tillman elaborated on his writing experience, gave advice to those who want to write and answered questions about his book. On writing, he said, “There’s no singular way; no singular method. You have to identify what works for you…even if that process is a little chaotic or sporadic. Writing is generative. When you write, even if you have nothing in mind, things come from it.”

Dr. Tillman is an Associate Professor of English at Newbury as well as Director of the Honors Program. He teaches classes in the School of Arts and Sciences, including Creative Writing, one of his favorites. Additionally, Dr. Tillman is one of the professors for the first-year Foundations of Liberal Arts course. 

Request for Updates

We are looking for updates from Newbury College alumni to feature in our enewsletter! If you have any personal or career updates, please share them with:

Tracy Ricciardi at


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