May 15, 2018 – On May 9th, the Newbury Community gathered in the Student Center Auditorium to celebrate the end of the 2017-2018 academic year. Vice President and Chief of Staff, Paul Martin, welcomed everyone. He thanked the entire community for their efforts during Commencement weekend, including the senior awards and toast, the annual gala event and Sunday’s commencement ceremony.
Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Frank Sargent, thanked the faculty for their dedication throughout the academic year. He congratulated the College for holding the first annual academic symposium in April and gave a special thanks to those members of the community involved in making the all-day event a success. Dr. Sargent also announced Dr. Brendan O’Malley as the new Faculty Senate President.
Vice President for Advancement, Clare McCully, took to the podium to thank all donors for their support of the fundraising initiatives throughout the year, including the annual fund, the senior class gift, the golf tournament and gala event. Vice President McCully spoke on this year’s successful gala event where CNN Commentator and author Van Jones was the guest speaker. The event included a cocktail reception and book signing for sponsors and an intimate dinner in the Student Center Auditorium after the talk.
Vice President for Enrollment Management, Paul Vaccaro provided updates on enrollment. He explained that the numbers for new enrollment, retention, and high school inquiries are positive. This year began the initiative to increase academic standards for incoming students to improve retention rates. Vice President Vaccaro expressed excitement on behalf of the college for the incoming class in the fall.
Newbury President, Dr. Joseph L. Chillo also addressed the College Community. He highlighted the major accomplishments of the past academic year including new partnerships for graduate education and internships, the athletic consortium agreement with Hellenic College Holy Cross, and the two grants Newbury received—one from the Freeberg Foundation and one from the Davis Educational Foundation. President Chillo also introduced new initiatives the College will be exploring in the coming months as Newbury continues to enhance the student experience.
At the end of the meeting, President Chillo along with Director of Human Resources, Amy Downing, awarded the Distinguished Faculty and Noble Nighthawk Awards. The Distinguished Faculty Award is given to a faculty member who shows outstanding accomplishment in teaching, service, professional development and scholarship. The Noble Nighthawk Award is given to a staff member who shows excellence in commitment, cooperation, knowledge, improvement and innovation. Each award carries a stipend of $1,000 to be used for professional development.
Dr. Aaron Tillman, Associate Professor of English, is this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award. This past year Dr. Tillman had two books published, helped develop a new English major beginning in the fall and worked to enhance the honors program.
Dr. Chillo said, “Dr. Tillman has distinguished himself in scholarship, service and teaching and is certainly deserving of this award.”
Roslyn Abukasis received the Noble Nighthawk Award for her work and dedication to Newbury’s students. She provides necessary academic support and guidance to help students succeed with college level work.
Dr. Chillo said, “She works hard to develop the skills they need to be independent and lifelong learners.”
Following the meeting, the College Community gathered in the Courtyard for an end of year barbeque.
About Newbury: Newbury College is a private, independent college located just minutes from Boston in the Fisher Hill neighborhood of Brookline, Massachusetts. Founded in 1962, Newbury College offers bachelor and associate degree programs in over 20 career-focused majors. Committed to personalized and experience-based teaching, Newbury inspires students to become independent thinkers, valuable collaborators, and global-minded citizens.
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