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Below are updates from our campus and greater community. Learn about what's been happening in and around Auburndale, 02466. 

Media Excellence
Top marks don't stop outside of the classroom. Student-run media at Lasell received multiple accolades over the summer, with Polished Magazine taking the top Gold Circle Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and with WLAS, Lasell's college radio station, receiving national honors for best station promotion (along with two other finalist acknowledgements) from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS).

Eric TurnerThere's a New VP in Town
Eric Turner, a skilled business strategist and management expert, was named vice president of the Graduate and Professional Studies division at Lasell. In his new role, Turner will drive efforts to create, enhance, and expand programming for professionals seeking educational and career development opportunities. The appointment comes at a pivotal time for the program, which experienced a 50% increase in enrollment at a time when national graduate enrollment rates remain flat.

Turner has a long association with Lasell and is currently an emeritus member of the college's board of trustees. He comes to this new appointment following a successful career in both the public and private sectors, having worked as an independent management consultant since 2003. Prior to launching his consulting firm, Turner spent six years at State Street Corporation as senior vice president, leading two departments. 

In addition to his significant corporate experience, Turner - who earned both his MBA and bachelor of arts degrees from Harvard University - has held roles as the deputy treasurer of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and as the executive director of the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission.

"I welcome the opportunity to put my professional experience to work for Lasell and aim to further develop the Graduate and Professional Studies division in ways that are meaningful to students, faculty, and the next generation of business leaders," said Turner. "Lasell is truly an innovative academic institution that aims to fulfill unique educational professional training needs of this region."

Commencement 2017Commencement 2017
The college held its 163rd commencement exercises on Sunday, May 14, 2017, with 367 baccalaureate and 116 master's degrees awarded to graduating students. Graduates, friends, family, and Lasell community members took in remarks from keynote speaker Lesley Visser, broadcast sports journalist and media personality. Visser received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters and shared insights from her four-decade career in journalism, most recently as a reporter on The NFL Today and We Need to Talk, the first all-women's network sports talk show.

"My mother said that ‘sometimes you have to cross when it says "don't walk,"'which are words that changed my life," Visser told the graduates. "Be the change that you wish to see in the world."

At the ceremony, the DeWitt Awards for excellence in educational leadership were presented to history professor Dennis A. Frey Jr. and director of Graduate Student Services, Gillian Stanley for their dedication and distinct contributions to the institution.

Lasell College Brennan LibraryBigger, Bolder, Better
The Brennan Library received a physical and digital facelift this summer. The college's collection is bigger than ever with access to over 200,000 items including books, movies, ebooks, online scholarly journals, streaming videos, and audiobooks, and also offers access to Mango Languages, an online platform for learning over 60 dialects. The Parent Council raised money to support a library renovation, and new modern furniture now fills the space with more areas where students can research, study, and collaborate.

MS in Criminal Justice Receives Quinn Bill Certification
The master's level Criminal Justice program at Lasell College became one of just seven schools in the Commonwealth to receive Quinn Bill certification at the graduate level from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. The state-wide program motivates full-time police officers in participating areas to pursue degrees in law enforcement and criminal justice through salary increases, and is alternatively referred to as the Police Career Incentive Pay Program. The college's undergraduate Criminal Justice program also has Quinn Bill certification.

Community Engagement: Students Present at Local High Schools
Professor Karin Raye's partnership with REACH Beyond Domestic Violence enabled three Lasell students to participate on panels at Waltham and Needham high schools on college safety and domestic violence. The students offered insight on warning signs that students could look for among friends, as well as resources they could access for help.

"The experience was inspiring for the students and for us speakers," said Ashley Smith '18, a psychology major. "At both high schools, the students were very eager to learn, and their questions were incredibly thought provoking."

According to Raye, the power of these presentations is critical both due to its content and the relationship between the audience and panelists.

"We know that college students and high schoolers mostly speak to their peers about issues like these. In some ways, the panel serves as a call to action for the audience," said Raye.

Briana MullerLasell Freshman Wins $75 for Junior Achievement Team
Briana Muller '21 represented Berlin High School and Lasell College in the national finals of the FedEx Junior Business Challenge, where she and her team took home top honors and the grand prize to support the Junior Achievement (JA) program of Southwest New England.

Muller, a freshman fashion merchandising student, worked with JA as a senior in high school and navigated through rounds of competition at the local and national levels with her teammates. Their business idea? A Bluetooth device capable of tracking easily misplaced items such as keys. They dubbed their company "Lo-K8."

The team faced off against four other finalists at the national finals in Atlanta, Ga. before of a panel of judges including Hines Ward, Patrick Reed, Jenny Robertson, Peggy Loos, and Ryan Lane.

"When we won first place, my teammates and I were full of tears and joy," said Muller. "The prize money is going to give JA Connecticut a chance to allow more schools around the state to participate in the program."

New Academic Degree Programs
The college is offering two new academic degree programs. The Bachelor of Science in Health Science is a pre-professional program that will provide foundational courses for students seeking advanced degrees in the health professions. The program will position students for careers as physician assistants, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, occupational therapists, athletic trainers, and registered dietitians. The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology will equip students to launch their careers in technology with three tracks to choose from: data analytics, cyber security, and media and mobile development. The program will position students for careers as data scientists, business analysts, cyber security specialists, and media and mobile development experts. All three tracks will be embedded with industry-recognized tools and certifications. The cyber security track is in the mentor process to be designated as a Center of Academic Excellence by the National Security Agency (NSA).

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