Fall 2018 Campus Update
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Healthcare Hero

Mary Paquette, MS, RN, FNP, AIC’s director of Health Services, was honored as a 2018 Healthcare Hero, in the Care Provider category. The Healthcare Heroes program was created by BusinessWest and Healthcare News to honor local health and wellness professionals who have made a profound impact on the quality of life of their communities. Learn more about AIC’s healthcare crusader and her contributions here on campus.

Headshot of Allison SullivanAllison Sullivan, dot, ms, OTR/l receives 2017-2018 faculty excellence award

Congratulations to Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy Allison Sullivan, DOT, MS, OTR/L, who received the 2017-2018 Faculty Excellence Award.

Dr. Sullivan has been teaching at AIC since 2006 and has been a full-time faculty member since 2011. Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Sullivan received the Catherine Trombly Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research and Education in Occupational Therapy in 2017. She is the chairperson of the MAOT Western Massachusetts Mental Health Special Interest Group.

In addition, Dr. Sullivan played an integral role in the creation of AIC’s new doctoral program in occupational therapy.

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AIC Campus Police Captain David Standen ’04 demonstrates with the assistance of Springfield K-9 Cairo. Cairo’s partner is Springfield Police Patrolman Ryan Carter ’93.


American International College’s Criminal Justice Department and the College’s Law & Order Society, also known as the COP CLUB, were joined by members of the Springfield Police Department to host an information and demonstration session for students interested in careers in law enforcement on November 27, 2018, in the Schwartz Campus Center.

AIC Campus Police Captain David Standen ’04 and the Springfield Police Department experts gave participants an inside look into how officers prepare for some of the toughest tasks required in their profession. Students were given the opportunity to experience real-life police decision-making situations and skills required on the job.

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Social Media becomes the classroom

As part of American International College’s ongoing mission of celebrating diversity, access, and opportunity, the College’s Office of Marketing and Communications has launched a social media campaign commemorating those who helped shape our world while striving for equality. Beginning with Black History Month in February, and now including Women’s History Month in March, LGBTQ Pride Month in June, and Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, these monthlong series of profiles highlight key pioneers, activists, role models, and organizations in the arts, politics and public service, the sciences, education, athletics, and other fields of endeavor who have championed efforts for equal rights in the U.S. and around the world.

American International College truly values the students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners who foster a campus community and culture devoted to acceptance and inclusion, and salutes all of those who have played a part in making AIC an integral part of the ever-evolving and diverse fabric of higher education.

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AIC’s Rex’s Pantry marks first anniversary

Continuing its mission of making a difference in the local community, AIC’s Rex’s Pantry served meals to the needy at the South Congregational Church in Springfield on four separate occasions this fall. Rex’s Pantry is a College initiative that has mobilized a dedicated and ever-expanding corps of AIC volunteers, whose members include the wrestling team, led by Head Coach Rich Hasenfus, the men’s rugby team, led by Assistant Coach Corey Momsen, the student group IMPACT, led by Residence Director Will Almonte, as well as volunteers from AIC’s Human Resources Office, Marketing and Communications, and the Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations.

Chartwells Higher Education Dining Services plans the menus and prepares the food under the direction of Todd Alden, director of dining services at AIC. Fr. John McDonagh, director of campus ministry, and a regular Rex’s Pantry volunteer, also assists in these meal services. AIC’s Auxiliary Services department including Campus Police/G4S and C&W Services further aid in these efforts.

Since it was founded in 2017 by AIC’s Vice President for Marketing and Communications Robert Cole with support of AIC’s President Vince Maniaci, Rex’s Pantry has served more than 1,500 hot lunches and dinners. Beneficiaries of the efforts of Rex’s Pantry include the Loaves and Fishes Community Kitchen, Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen and Pantry in Chicopee, Friends of the Homeless, and the Springfield Rescue Mission.