Campus Update

AIC’s Record-Breaking Freshman Class

AIC welcomed its largest freshman class in more than a decade. The incoming class of 390 first-time, fulltime students is a record breaker for the College. The incoming class represents twenty-seven states and seventeen different countries. Of the total number, 227 are student-athletes.

“This geographic area is dense with colleges in a highly competitive landscape. With many options available to them, we are extremely proud that these students selected AIC to begin this new chapter in their lives,” said Vice President for Admissions Kerry Cole. “Incoming students are welcomed from richly diverse backgrounds and many are first-generation, which has long been central to the AIC mission.”

AIC Hosts Roundtable Discussion on the Opioid Epidemic in Western Mass

Pictured, from left: Massachusetts State Senator Eric Lesser; Dean of the School of Health Sciences Karen Rousseau, PhD, RN; AIC President Vince Maniaci, EdD; and Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi.
Pictured, from left: Massachusetts State Senator Eric Lesser; Dean of the School of Health Sciences Karen Rousseau, PhD, RN; AIC President Vince Maniaci, EdD; and Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi.

Though the number of opioid-related deaths statewide decreased slightly in the past two years, Western Massachusetts still finds itself in the thick of the epidemic: all four counties—Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire—saw an increase in overdose deaths last year. At the Colaccino Center for Health Sciences on Friday, October 25, 2019, Massachusetts State Senator Eric Lesser convened a panel of experts on the front lines of the opioid crisis, including Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi, to discuss causes and potential solutions.

AIC School of Health Sciences Ranks 39th in Country for Alumni Salary Growth

PayScale, a Seattle-based software company that performs compensation research, released its 2019-2020 College Salary Report, ranking AIC thirty-ninth in the country for health sciences and nursing programs, when considering salary growth.

The annual report, based on the salaries of 3.5 million college graduates, provides estimates of early- and mid-career pay for 2,500 associate and bachelor’s degree- granting institutions. For health sciences and nursing programs, PayScale examined 679 institutions offering four-year degrees. At number thirty-nine, AIC ranks in the top 6% of the colleges and universities reviewed.

AIC Professor Receives 2019 African American female Professor Award

At a ceremony at Bay Path University on September 26, 2019, AIC Associate Professor of Nursing Ayesha Ali, PhD, RN received a 2019 African American Female Professor Award (AAFPA) in recognition of her contributions to higher education. Professor Ali was one of only four recipients representing different colleges in Western Massachusetts.

MBA Program Ranked Best Among GMAT-Waived Schools

AIC’s MBA program was featured in the MBANoGMAT. com ranking of the best MBA programs that opt to waive the standardized GMAT exam. AIC was one of only four schools in Massachusetts to make the list. Similar to test optional for undergraduate admissions, AIC recognizes that part of what makes an MBA program valuable is the challenging and competitive elements that motivated students bring to the classroom.

Waiving the GMAT (and the GRE) still allows the College to apply high standards for admission by utilizing an individualized, holistic assessment that goes beyond a test score. MBANoGMAT.com credits AIC with being among those schools that find alternatives to sourcing talented students from “a single number” and instead look at “real character and what students can offer” when considering admittance into the program.

Author Jalil Oates ’12, MBA ’15 Returns to AIC to Discuss Overcoming Adversity

JALIL OATES ’12, MBA ’15—author of Makings of a Man: Essential Characteristics of Manhood, a memoir about how his family, friends, supporters, and hometown formed him into the man he is today—returned to campus to give a presentation called “A Just Experience: Bridging the Gap between Self and Potential,” hosted by the Student Activities Board, Diversity Education, and Academic Affairs.

In his book, Oates recounts the tribulations of growing up in Elizabeth, New Jersey, a city only fifteen miles outside of Manhattan, but where 17% of the population lives below the poverty line. He overcame the trappings of inner-city life as a young man to earn a bachelor’s and master’s from AIC. Oates now works in real estate development.

AIC Awarded $2.2 Million Grant to Develop Apex Program

The Grants Office is excited to announce the award of a $2,199,766 federal Department of Education Title III, Part A grant on October 1, 2019. The grant, funded through the Strengthening Institutions Program, will be used to assist with financing the development of the AIC Plan for Excellence (APEX) program. (Approximately 76.5% of the total project cost of $2,874,496 will be funded by the grant.)

The APEX Program consists of three components: four one-credit APEX courses, the co-curricular experience, and the general education core curriculum. APEX blends traditional classroom learning with co-curricular experiences and other experiential learning opportunities.

By making participation in APEX a requirement for all undergraduates, every student will be provided with the resources to succeed academically and graduate with a set of tools to ensure lifelong personal and professional success.

From left: Bay Path University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Melissa Morriss-Olson, PhD and President Carol A. Leary, PhD; Congressman Richard E. Neal '72, Hon '90; AIC President Vince Maniaci, EdD; and Director of the APEX Program Michael Dodge, EdD.
Pictured, from left: Bay Path University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Melissa Morriss-Olson, PhD and President Carol A. Leary, PhD; Congressman Richard E. Neal ’72, Hon ’90; AIC President Vince Maniaci, EdD; and Director of the APEX Program Michael Dodge, EdD.

Congressman Richard E. Neal ’72, Hon ’90 held a press conference to announce the awarding of two multimillion-dollar federal grants to American International College and Bay Path University. Speaking from the International Room in AIC’s Lee Hall, Neal noted that the Title III grants are “incredibly competitive,” adding, “The fact that we have two award recipients right here in Western Massachusetts is a true testament to the caliber of learning institutions here in the valley.”

 

Photos by Leon Nguyen ’16