Campus Update

Online MS in Cannabis Science and Commerce begins fall 2020

The College announced a new master of science program in cannabis science and commerce to begin with the fall 2020 semester, available in fully online or hybrid formats. The thirty-credit graduate program, designed for those interested in a career in the legal cannabis industry, is the first of its kind in the region. Seven-week accelerated courses will cover three distinct aspects of the industry: basic science (chemistry, horticulture, cultivation, uses, and delivery systems), business (management, marketing, and operations), and federal and state laws and policies. The program is designed to be completed in ten seven-week modules. To learn more, please visit

History Prof. Maulucci Tapped for Springfield Public Forum Secretary Post

AIC’s Thomas Maulucci, professor of history, was named secretary of the board of directors for the Springfield Public Forum. Maulucci, who joined the AIC faculty in 2006, has been on the board of directors since 2012. The Forum, in its eighty-fourth year, is a free series that hosts prominent guest speakers from the scientific, artistic, academic, and political realms.

“Each year, the Springfield Public Forum invites award-winning journalists, writers, actors, and other exceptional individuals to Symphony Hall to provide perspective and share their expertise on the most pressing issues we face as a nation and as a people,” Maulucci told BusinessWest. “I am honored to be able to work with and serve this outstanding organization.”

AIC Maintains Military-Friendly Designation

AIC was again named a Military Friendly® School, as determined by VIQTORY, a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment and educational and entrepreneurial opportunities, with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council. The College was recognized for its ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students, and especially student veterans.

AIC Ranked Top Ten in US for Disability Services

The Edvocate, an online education magazine, ranked AIC within the top ten colleges and universities for students with disabilities. “The Supportive Learning Services (SLS) program at American International College provides professional tutoring services to students, as well as assistance with study skills, organization, and time management,” read the magazine’s accompanying statement. “Students can also take advantage of the Center for Accessibility Services and Academic Accommodations (CASAA), which provides both academic and physical accommodations.”

CASAA provides resources, training, and direct services to ensure people with disabilities have a greater opportunity to achieve their goals. SLS, only the second of its kind in the country, is a fee-based program that helps students with learning challenges achieve their dream of completing college successfully.

Rex’s Pantry Garden Shortlisted for NCAA Award of Excellence

On January 10, 2020, the NCAA announced nineteen finalists for its Division II Award of Excellence, “an accolade recognizing initiatives in the past year that exemplify the Division II philosophy, community engagement and student-athlete leadership.” AIC Athletics graced the list for its involvement in the fruition of Rex’s Pantry Garden. For this, the College received a $500 prize earmarked for further community service endeavors.

Tutu Lecture Series Celebrates Ten Years

AIC’s Desmond Tutu Public Health Awareness Series marked its tenth anniversary in 2020.

AIC’s Desmond Tutu Public Health Awareness Series marked its tenth anniversary in 2020. The annual lecture series, sponsored by the School of Health Sciences, promotes public health awareness, prevention through education, and the transformative power of teaching and ideas.

At Springfield Symphony Hall, on April 20, 2010, the series’ eponym, human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, gave the inaugural address. After accepting an honorary doctorate, he thanked AIC for “making God smile” with its commitment to improving the lives of children and families in the Greater Springfield area.

On the morning of the ceremony, Tutu visited AIC’s campus to speak to students and area high-schoolers. “Many young people believe that it is possible for there to be a world without war. They believe that it is possible for there to be a world without poverty,” he told the crowd inside the Henry A. Butova Gymnasium. “I believe in these young people.”

During the question-and-answer portion of his appearance, Tutu applauded the AIC community’s altruism. The students, he said, weren’t asking self-serving questions. Instead, “They’ve been speaking about others.” He added: “This is fantastic.”