Pictured from left: Kia B. Prescott Bandoh ’99; Glendora Vesta Folsom Buell ’50; Keshawn Dodds ’01, MEd ’09; Elizabeth Perez ’99, MS ’16; Yolanda McCormick ’03, MS ’05; Emily Rivera-Nunez ’97; Luis Nunez ’98
American International College inducted seven alumni into the Co-Curricular Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 13, 2018, as part of the College’s Homecoming 2018 festivities.
Established by the Student Government Association in 2011, the Co-Curricular Hall of Fame recognizes AIC alumni who as students made a significant impact on campus life.
Glendora Vesta Folsom Buell ‘50
A member of the class of 1950, Glendora Vesta Folsom Buell graduated from American International College with degrees in psychology and English and later pursued graduate studies in physics at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Buell has enjoyed a historically successful career in television. Her show, A Chat with Glendora, has been syndicated on public access cable television stations nationwide. Nearly 20,000 episodes have been broadcast since it first aired in 1972, making it the world’s longest running active public access program.
Before A Chat with Glendora, Buell was the host of children’s programs titled Glendora and Her Picture Party and SS Glendora. In addition to producing and hosting programs, she has been a staunch advocate for community access broadcasting and free speech. She received the Clara Lemlich Social Activist Award for her efforts in 2013.
In 1994, Buell sued a Long Island cable company that took her program off the air, successfully arguing the company could not exercise editorial control over public access content. That victory sparked a number of lawsuits regarding the violation of freedom of speech and cable television.
Buell also utilizes television to encourage the public to adopt a vegan lifestyle, and has self-published and self-distributed a number of books, including Be Perfect, Here is the Answer to Everything, Love and Physics, and The Glendora Happy Book.
Now 90 years old, Buell lives in Nassau, NY.
Emily Rivera-Nunez ‘97
Emily Rivera-Nunez graduated from American International College with a Bachelor of Science in psychology in 1997.
While at AIC, Rivera-Nunez earned the Outstanding Freshman Award, Outstanding Sophomore Award, and Outstanding Junior Award. She received the Henrietta Littlefield Award, given to a woman in the senior class who best demonstrates the leadership qualities and commitment to co-curricular student life, and was inducted into Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Additionally, Rivera-Nunez was an active member of the campus community as an orientation leader, resident advisor, assistant resident director for Hines Hall, and a graduate assistant for Gregory Schmutte, PhD.
Since graduating, Rivera-Nunez has enjoyed a rewarding career in criminal justice and victim advocacy. She is currently a senior forensic interviewer and family advocate with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, having earned the office’s Unsung Hero Award in 2015. Her experience also includes tenures as a victim witness advocate, bilingual forensic interviewer, and multi-disciplinary team coordinator with the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office, and as a bilingual forensic interviewer for the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center.
In addition, Rivera-Nunez has served as a moderator for the Midwest Regional Children’s Advocacy Center’s National Spanish Speaking Peer Review and is a training associate for the National Criminal Justice Training Program at Fox River Valley Technical College.
Rivera-Nunez lives in Wakefield, MA, with her husband Luis, an AIC alumnus and fellow Co-Curricular Hall of Fame 2018 inductee, and their children Lilliana and Mateo.
Luis Nunez ‘98
Luis Nunez graduated from American International College in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in accounting.
During his time at AIC, Nunez was an important and active member of the campus community. He served in Student Government as a representative of the freshman class and as treasurer of the Executive Board for three years. Nunez was a member of Model Congress, serving as chair of the 58th Model Congress during his senior year, was a member of the Student Activities Committee, and co-founded the Latin American Student Organization (L.A.S.O.). He was also a resident advisor and a member of the wrestling team. Nunez received a co-curricular award each of his four years at AIC as well as three Executive Board Awards, the Model Congress Award, and was inducted into Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
Nunez is a senior development accountant for Leggat McCall Properties and previously worked for Symes Associates Inc., PRM Realty, and Haggett Longobardi.
He is a volunteer youth wrestling and youth baseball coach in Wakefield, MA, where he resides with his wife Emily Rivera-Nunez, an AIC alumna and fellow Co-Curricular Hall of Fame 2018 inductee, and their children Lilliana and Mateo.
Kia Prescott Bandoh ‘99, MPA-C
Kia Prescott Bandoh, MPA-C, graduated from American International College in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in biology.
A recipient of several co-curricular awards and inducted into Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges in 1999, Bandoh was an active member of the AIC community, serving as student activities coordinator from 1998 to 1999, and as a resident advisor from 1997 to 1999. She was a cheerleader, women’s lacrosse player, and member of the Biology Club as well as Persons Ready in Defense of Ebony (P.R.I.D.E.).
Bandoh went on to earn her Master of Physician Assistant from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2007 and is currently a physician assistant at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Program at the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers.
Bandoh is a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay in Boston. She was honored for her involvement with the YMCA Achievers program through the YMCA of Greater Boston.
A first-generation Trinidadian-American, Bandoh and her husband Kojo reside in Hyde Park, MA.
Elizabeth Perez ‘99, MS ‘16
Elizabeth Perez, MS, earned her bachelor’s degree from American International College in 1999, majoring in political science and criminal justice. She completed her Master of Science in forensic psychology in 2016 and is currently working toward her doctorate in educational psychology with a concentration in mental health counseling at AIC.
During her undergraduate studies, Perez was a leader on the AIC campus. Inducted into Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges in 1999, she was the co-founder and president of the Latin American Student Organization (L.A.S.O.), program director and general manager of the WAIC campus radio station, co-chair of the 59th Model Congress, and a member of Persons Ready in Defense of Ebony (P.R.I.D.E.). Additionally, Perez was involved with residence life and was a tutor at Homer Street School in Springfield, MA.
While completing her bachelor’s degree, she was a victim witness advocate for the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office. She has been a social worker and supervisor with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families for the past 19 years.
A Springfield, MA, resident, Perez is engaged to AIC alumnus Douglas Forde. She plans to pursue teaching while continuing to assist those with mental health needs.
Keshawn Dodds ‘01, MEd ‘09
Keshawn Dodds, MEd, earned his Bachelor of Science in education in 2001 from American International College and completed his Master of Education in 2009.
A member of the AIC Yellow Jackets football team from 1997 to 2002, Dodds was involved in student government, serving as a class representative during his sophomore and junior years. He was an active member of Persons Ready in Defense of Ebony (P.R.I.D.E.), including a year as secretary, and was president of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. He was inducted into Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges in 2001.
Dodds is the executive director of the Boys & Girls Club Family Center in Springfield, MA. He was previously the director of alumni and development and director of diversity and community engagement at AIC. He was also an elementary school teacher in Springfield and served as the mayoral aide for former Springfield Mayor Charlie Ryan.
Selected as the 2018 Ubora Award recipient by the African Hall Subcommittee of the Springfield Museums, Dodds has also been honored as part of BusinessWest’s 40 Under 40 in 2012, and as the recipient of Stone Soul Cookout’s Community Leader Award in 2015. In 2016, he became an Amazon best-selling author with his science fiction novel Menzuo: The Calling of the Sun Prince.
Dodds resides in Springfield, MA, with his wife Tamara and daughter Sydney.
Yolanda McCormick ‘03, MS ‘05
Yolanda McCormick, MS, graduated from American International College with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice and sociology in 2003 and a Master of Science in criminal justice in 2005. She also earned a Master of Science in mental health counseling from Capella University in 2014.
An AIC Co-Curricular Award-winner and Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges inductee, McCormick served as a resident advisor and student activities coordinator. She was a member of Persons Ready in Defense of Ebony (P.R.I.D.E.) and volunteer at Homer Street School in Springfield, MA, as part of the Partners Program.
McCormick is a licensed mental health clinician with the Mecklenburg County Government’s Child Development Community Policing program in Charlotte, NC. McCormick began her career with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families as a social worker and emergency response worker. After relocating to North Carolina, she worked for several local nonprofit organizations including Monarch, the Safe Alliance Domestic Violence Shelter, and Daymark Recovery Services. She later joined Mecklenburg County as a senior social worker. She is a licensed professional counselor in the state of North Carolina and is pursuing her certification as a trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapist.
McCormick was a member of the American Counseling Association and of the Chi Upsilon Chi chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, the Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society International.
McCormick lives in Charlotte, NC.